About FIRST


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FIRST

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) 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.

Mission of FIRST

The mission of FIRST® 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.

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FIRST Tech Challenge

Teams of middle and high school-aged students are challenged to design, build, and program a robot to play a floor game against other teams’ creations. Team 12456 and Team 13822 have been competing in the FIRST Tech Challenge since 2016 and 2017 respectively.

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FIRST Robotics Competition

High school-aged teams compete head to head on a special playing field with robots they have designed, built, and programmed. Team 7494 has been competing in the First Robotics Competition since its rookie year in 2019.

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2019-2020 Season: RISE

Rise Lockup

Throughout history, great civilizations have risen, then fallen. Now it’s our turn to rise—building and bolstering our own planetary metropolis. This 2019-2020 season, FIRST RISE, powered by Star Wars: Force for Change, is setting out to inspire citizens of the galaxy to work together, strengthening and protecting the Force that binds us and creating a place where collaboration and collective wisdom can elevate new ideas and foster growth.



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FRC: Infinite Recharge

First will release information about INFINITE RECHARGE during the kickoff on January 4th, 2020.

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2018-2019 Season: LAUNCH

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One Sunday night in July 1969, one billion people huddled around their radios and TV screens in awe as we walked on the moon for the first time. In that moment, the world was united in celebration of human ingenuity and inspired by the possibility that by working together, we can quite literally reach the stars.



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FRC: Destination Deep Space


Destination: Deep Space is the game for the 2019 FIRST Robotics Competition. The game involves two alliances of three teams each competing to place hatch covers and rubber balls or “cargo” on rockets and cargo ships before returning to their hab platform to climb at the end of the match

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