What is FIRST?

FIRST stands for: For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.

The founder of FIRST, Dean Kamen, is a strong believer in learning as much as possible. He started companies such as  AutoSyringe, Inc. and DEKA Research & Development Corporation.

Dr. Woodie Flowers, FIRST National Advisor, is the Pappalardo Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Distinguished Partner at Olin College. He and all of FIRST support the “Gracious Professionalism®”  This means a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community.

FIRST Mission:
Our mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, 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.

FIRST 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.

To learn more about FIRST, visit their website:  http://www.usfirst.org/aboutus/vision

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