FIRST stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. FIRST organization was founded by inventor Dean Kamen (creator of the Segway) in 1989. Its purpose is to develop ways to inspire students in engineering and technology fields. The organization is the foundation for the FIRST Robotics Competition, FIRST LEGO League, and FIRST Tech Challenge competition. FIRST also operates FIRST Place, a research facility at FIRST Headquarters in Manchester, New Hampshire where it holds educational programs and day camps for students and teachers.

Organizations Within FIRST

FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC)
FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC)
FIRST LEGO League (FLL)
Jr. FIRST LEGO League (Jr. FLL)