FIRST® — “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology”
FIRST®‘s vision: “To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders.”
—Dean Kamen, visionary and founder of FIRST®.
FIRST®‘s mission “is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.”
In 2015-16, over 400,000 students, 44,000 teams, 200,000 mentors, coaches, and volunteers (and over 37,000 robots!) took part in FIRST® programs.