FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a robotics organization that promotes STEM to students from kindergarten to 12th grade. It was founded by Dean Kamen and Woodie Flowers in 1989 in order to promote STEM in youth. Now FIRST is a huge program with 400,000+ students, 90,000+ mentors, 38,700+ teams, 90,000+ event volunteers, and 34,000+ robots. FIRST has three progressions: FIRST ® LEGO® LEAGUE (FLL), FIRST ® TECH CHALLENGE (FTC), and FIRST ®ROBOTICS COMPETITION (FRC).
FIRST LEGO League
Many of team Inspiration's members have competed in FIRST LEGO League. Some of us started as early as 3rd grade! This picture is when some of our current teammates met each other for the first time, unaware that our paths would cross again.