FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)
FIRST was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the mission of this 501 (c) (3) Not-for-Profit public charity is to design accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math while simultaneously building self-confidence, knowledge and necessary life skills.
"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 LEGO League (FLL)
Elementary and middle-school age students get to:
Design, build, test and program robots using LEGO technology
Apply real-world math and science concepts
Research challenges facing today's scientists
Learn critical thinking, team-building and presentation skills
Participate in tournaments and celebrations
What FLL teams accomplish is nothing short of amazing!
It's fun! It's exciting! And the skills they learn will last a lifetime!