What is FRIST?

FIRST Tech Challenge is a robotics organization, but it is also much more. FIRST goes out of its way to promote values of communication, innovation, and Gracious Professionalism. Teams must communicate with one another to maintain focus and weaponize their talents, with other teams to learn from each other and approach a problem from many angles, and with the world to promote FIRST and inspire others. Teams must always be willing to innovate by truly understanding the core of a problem, by recognizing that no idea is stupid, and by trying many things and going through many iterations to arrive at the best solution. Most importantly, teams absolutely must hold dear the value of gracious professionalism, by being the fiercest competitor and the most caring friend in the league, and recognizing that competition and mutual benefit are not exclusive. The many values that are vital to the success of a FIRST team demand diverse skills and hard work. This may multiply the effort a FIRST team must exercise to be successful. But because of these values and all the hard work, the reward is much higher, and participants have meaningful values that they can use throughout their entire life

Reaching over 2.5 million student participants around the world since 1989FIRST combines the rigor of STEM learning with the fun and excitement of traditional sports and the inspiration that comes from community through programs that have a proven impact on learning, interest, and skill-building inside and outside of the classroom.


The mission of FIRST® is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, 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.


“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, Founder

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