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.
FIRST is More Than Robots. FIRST participation is proven to encourage students to pursue education and careers in STEM-related fields, inspire them to become leaders and innovators, and enhance their 21 st century work-life skills. Read more about the Impact of FIRST.