About FIRST®

For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology

"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


What is First

FIRST is an Organization that was founded by Dean Kamen, who invented the Segway. In 1992, FIRST held it's first large scale competition which included 28 teams that met in a high school gym to compete. In 1998 LEGO® joined with FIRST and went on to form the FIRST LEGO League® or FLL®. Moving into the 21st century, 2004 witnessed the founding of FLL Jr.® as a way to get young kids ages 6-10 into robotics. In 2005 the FIRST Tech Challenge® or FTC® was founded to make the FIRST program more accessible. Ever since then FIRST has done a wonderful job providing ways for students to get experience in engineering, design, or whatever they are interested in. 

First tech challenge®

FIRST Tech Challenge or FTC is another FIRST competition that focuses on smaller scale robots that have their own set of rules and regulations. The teams have 10 weeks to design and build their robots and then compete against other teams.



According to FIRST,  “Coopertition means displaying unqualified kindness and respect in the face of fierce competition.” Coopertition is founded on the philosophy that teams “can and should help and cooperate with each other even as they compete.” Teams typically donate materials and expertise to novice teams and anyone that needs help at competition regardless of their own standing.

Gracious Professionalism®

According to FIRST,  “With Gracious Professionalism, fierce competition and mutual gain are not separate notions. Gracious professionals learn and compete like crazy, but treat one another with respect and kindness in the process. They avoid treating anyone like losers. No chest thumping tough talk, but no sticky-sweet platitudes either. Knowledge, competition, and empathy are comfortably blended."