What is FIRST?

Inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen founded FIRST in 1989, creating a school-to-career pipeline through which young people are inspired to explore opportunities in science and technology. He believed that culture could be positively transformed by inspiring young people and encouraging their schools and communities to appreciate science and technology.

FIRST has successfully formed coalitions with corporations, universities, and public schools to become the premier after-school engineering and robotics competition programs in the nation.

FIRST offers accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people from the time they start school through high school graduation and offers opportunities for learning both inside and outside of the classroom. Through its continued success, FIRST is determined to make Dean Kamen’s hope a reality, “to create a world where science and technology are celebrated . . . where young people dream of becoming science and technology heroes.” FIRST programs include:

  • FIRST LEGO League Jr. for 6-10 year olds (grades K-4)
  • FIRST LEGO League for 9-14 year olds (grades 4-8)
  • FIRST Tech Challenge for 12-18 year olds (grades 7-12)
  • FIRST Robotics Challenge also for 14-18 year olds (grades 9-12)

You can learn more about the FIRST organization at www.firstinspires.org. For more information about FIRST in South Carolina, please view our contact information.