FIRST is an organization founded by inventor Dean Kamen in 1989 as a way of getting students involved in and excited about science and technology.
Mission & Vision
Our 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.
FIRST has many levels of programs to achieve their vision and mission. The programs are mostly similar; providing a challenge with a set of rules, a deadline, and a competition to compete and celebrate the teams achievements. The different levels of the programs very from complexity, to technical difficulty.
As of 2011, FIRST includes:
FIRST is an international organization that currently has teams from Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, South Korea, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
However, only Brazil, Canada, Israel, Mexico, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States have FRC teams.