FIRST was founded in 1989 by inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen. The comany was created with the goal to transform our culture. FIRST began in 1992 with only 28 teams in a New Hampsire high school gymnasium. Acording to FIRST, the first competition housed 250,000 young people.
FIRST stands for "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology"
FIRST's mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, 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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