Mission of FIRST:
"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.” – Dean Kamen, Founder
FIRST was founded in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in technology, science, math, and engineering, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills. To learn more about FIRST click here.
A core value of FIRST is Gracious Professionalism™, which is the idea of being in a competitive environment, while still maintaining respect for other teams. Respect is not the only thing given to others, as assistance is also offered to opposing teams. Trash talking and other rude comments that you would likely see at a football game or other sporting events are not encouraged in FIRST. Gracious Professionalism™ also produces quality work, recognizes the value of others, and promotes peer respect. FIRST works closely with academic and research organizations to provide real evidence of our impact on students.
“When compared with the comparison group, FIRST students are:
More than 3 times as likely to major specifically in engineering.
Significantly more likely to expect to achieve a post graduate degree.
Nearly 4 times as likely to expect to pursue a career in engineering.
More than twice as likely to volunteer in their communities.”
Below are the kickoff videos for all FIRST games we have participated in: