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
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.
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.
Here’s how to get involved in some of the competition:
1) Volunteer at an Event Each competition event depends on an abundance of volunteers with a broad spectrum of talents to support operating needs and competition demands. Visit the Volunteers section on their website to learn more.
2) Join an existing Team If you are interested in becoming a FIRST Mentor, visit the What
events and teams are in my area to find a regional competition in your area. Attendance is free and you will be able to see a competition first-hand and can meet teams from your area.
You may also want to introduce yourself to the FIRST Regional Director closest to you. These people are likely to know about new teams forming in the area. Rookie teams especially benefit from strong professional mentoring and will welcome additional support.
There is a FIRST Mentoring Guide to introduce you to mentoring philosophy, goals, process, and to outline the tools you will need to be a successful mentor.
3) Start a new Team
“The secret of building a successful team is not to assemble the largest
team possible, but rather to assemble a team that can work well together.”
– Dean Kamen, Founder of FIRST.
Once you are ready to start an FRC team, your first step is to form the partnerships you will need with team mentors and sponsors. Local manufacturing and technology companies are ideal candidates for mentors and sponsorship, as are local colleges, universities and technical schools. Many local chapters of professional organizations support FIRST through
volunteer help from their engineers, scientists and technologists.
4) Become a Team or Event Sponsor, or a Supplier Visit their website and click on the What events and teams are in my area to learn the date and location of a nearby FIRST Robotics Competition. Attend this event, with one or more of the decision makers from your company, to witness the impact of FIRST. Companies that support FIRST reap many benefits, including stocking the talent pool, building community relations and corporate awareness, and providing team building and enrichment opportunities for employees.
If you are interested in becoming a Team Sponsor and would like to find teams in your area, please visit What events and teams are in my area. If there isn’t a team nearby, we recommend contacting your local high school principal and math and science teachers to raise their interest in forming a team. We can also put you in touch with the FIRST Regional Director who works with teams in your region.