Information on FIRST Robotics Competition

As said by founder of FIRST, Dean Kamen, the vision and goal of the FIRST robotics competition program is, "To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology heroes."

By exposing young adults to engineering and technology through this mentor-based program, students learn to develop an appreciation for science, along with the life long skills of self-confidence, communication and leadership.

The passion and motivation found in previous mentors and students assist to harvest and hone the enthusiasm and skill for technology and engineering in the next generation of FIRST participants.

FIRST robotics has been inspiring America’s youth since 1989, (and has now expanded to other countries around the world) FIRST will continue to live on through the positive experiences and feedback of young adults around the world, the scientists and engineers of tomorrow.

FIRST at a Glance

Some interesting facts about FIRST –


• Founded 1989
• Headquartered in Manchester, NH
• 501(c)(3) public charity
• FIRST Financial Information


• Dean Kamen, Founder
• Walt Havenstein, Chairman of the Board
• Jon Dudas, President
• Board of Directors & Senior Management


• More than 100,000 Volunteers make FIRST happen
• FIRST is supported by a network of more than 3,500 Sponsors, including corporations, educational and professional institutions, and individuals


• FIRST Robotics Competition for Grades 9-12 (ages 14-18)
• FIRST Tech Challenge for Grades 9-12 (ages 14-18)
• FIRST LEGO League for Grades 4-8 (ages 9-16; 9-14 in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico)
• Junior FIRST LEGO League for Grades K-3 (ages 6-9)
• FIRST Place for ages 6 to adult

2012 FIRST Scholarship Program

• Nearly $14 million in college scholarships
• 653 scholarship opportunities
• 142 scholarship providers

(Above picture shows an example of the 2013 game, Ultimate Ascent.)