FIRST is more than robots.

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, with a sense that they can create their own future.

- Dean Kamen

[from 1992]

"There's an obvious skills gap in the workplace."
 
"We need 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."

it's still a problem today.

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so, why haven't things improved?

Hypothesis #1

growth in stem fields are faster than anticipated.

[we can't directly influence this]

Hypothesis #2

FIRST & STEM Programs have had an insufficient impact.

we can influence this!

Hypothesis #3

employers don't have easy access to the talent network.

we can influence this!

OUR
MISSION
INSPIRES US

Cultivate an inclusive community of experiential learners competing to solve complex challenges while practicing skills valuable for their careers.

OUR
VISION
CHALLENGES US

Set the standard for how STEM clubs and FIRST organizations prepare leaders to solve technical challenges.

OUR
VALUES
UNITE US

Improve our world

Build marketable talent

Amplify other STEM initiatives

Innovate persistently