"FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public 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 life skills."
-From the FIRST Website
"FIRST is more than robots. The robots are a vehicle for students to learn important life skills. Kids often come in not knowing what to expect--of the program nor of themselves. They leave, even after the first season, with a vision, with confidence, and with a sense that they can create their own future."
~ Dean Kamen (Founder)
McDowell Robotics Team 63
CIA Team 219