Is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, 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.
"To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders." Dean Kamen, Founder
"FIRST is more than Robots and STEM. 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
It's a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of
others, and respects individuals and the community.
Coopertition is displaying unqualified kindness and respect in the face of fierce competition. Coopertition is founded on the concept and a philosophy that teams can and should help and cooperate with each other even as they compete.
"Through FIRST, I Was able able to discover my passion for robotics and gain some Amazing life oppertunities that have led me to the path that I am on now." - Jordan Burkland, FIRST Alumnus