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FIRST Charity Profile
Vision: "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."
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 Robotics Competition (FRC) is a unique varsity sport of the mind designed to help high-school-aged young people discover how interesting and rewarding the life of engineers and researchers can be.
The FIRST Robotics Competition challenges teams of young people and their mentors to solve a common problem in a six-week timeframe using a standard "kit of parts" and a common set of rules. Teams build robots from the parts and enter them in competitions designed by Dean Kamen, Dr. Woodie Flowers, and a committee of engineers and other professionals.
FIRST redefines winning for these students because they are rewarded for excellence in design, demonstrated team spirit, gracious professionalism and maturity, and the ability to overcome obstacles. Scoring the most points is a secondary goal. Winning means building partnerships that last.
FIRST Volunteer Information
FIRST is truly a volunteer driven organization.
Through your continued support and dedication to FIRST programs as Committee Members, Partners, Team Mentors, Coaches, Team Parents and Event Volunteers, you make FIRST possible.
We are grateful to the volunteers who give their time, talent and expertise to make each of the FLL, FTC and FRC events and FIRST Championship such huge successes.
FIRST Donation Information
unique learning experiences we offer through our programs. By making your unrestricted gift to the Annual Fund, you will allow FIRST the flexibility to allocate funds where they are most needed, including to regional events, teams, and operational expenses.FIRST is a 501(c)(3) Public Charity and donations to FIRST are tax deductible to the extent provided by current IRS tax laws