FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 by
inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology.
Based in Manchester, N.H., the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity inspires young people to be
science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting Mentor-based programs that build
science, technology, math, and engineering (STEM) skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-
rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.
FIRST provides a progression of four international, after-school programs for K-12: the FIRST®
Robotics Competition (FRC®) for Grades 9-12; the FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®) for Grades 7-12;
the FIRST® LEGO League (FLL®) for Grades 4-8; and the Junior FIRST® LEGO® League (Jr.FLL®)
for Grades K-3. FIRST also operates a research, development, and training facility called FIRST®
Place™ at its headquarters in New Hampshire.