It’s what over 83,000 of the brightest high school students from over 25 countries participate in annually. It’s the hardest fun they’ll ever have.
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, New Hampshire, this not-for-profit charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math while building self- confidence, knowledge, and gain life skills.
“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, courtesy of www.usfirst.org
Students work alongside professional engineers on real-world engineering problems. Using sophisticated software and hardware they design, build, test, and compete with a robot of their own creation. The students get a chance to test-drive a career in design, finance, marketing, electronics, programming, engineering, and more. They learn how to fail graciously. They learn how to get back up and try again. They learn that they can use their minds and a lot of hard work to change their school, their community, and their futures.