FIRST Robotics

FIRST Robotics is a program geared towards youths who are interested in science and technology. It's founder, Dean Kamen, has inspired many people to pursue careers in the Engineering field, along with other science and technology related occupations.

The acronym FIRST means "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology". BAE Systems, a generous sponsor to many teams, says they "...believe it is vital that [they] help encourage more young people to consider careers in science and engineering."


However, FIRST does not focus primarily on robotics. There is whole other side to FIRST:

Gracious professionalism, a term coined by Dr. Woodie Flowers, who is FIRST's National Advisor and Pappalardo Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

People who exemplify Gracious Professionalism are respectful and kind to others. "It's a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community," says the FIRST website, usfirst.org. As a team we work hard to exhibit these qualities.

After team members have gone through high school, FIRST isn't over; many of the program's alumni come back and mentor their team.