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For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology
For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), inspires in young people, their schools and communities an appreciation of science and technology, and how mastering these can enrich the lives of all.

Corporate America provides economic and professional support to FIRST. Many Fortune 500 companies have significantly helped FIRST grow and are committed to its continued progress. Government organizations such as NASA are key partners in this worthwhile cause. FIRST represents a cooperative team effort by students, teachers, communities, corporations, and our government.

FIRST Robotics Program
The FIRST Robotics Competition is an  exciting, nationwide competition that teams professionals and young people to solve an engineering design problem in an intense and competitive way. The program is a life-changing, career-molding experience—and a lot of fun. In 2002 the competition will reach more than 20,000 students on over 600 teams in 17 competitions. Our teams come from Canada, Brazil, the U.K., and almost every U.S. state. The competitions are high-tech spectator sporting events, the result of lots of focused brainstorming, real-world teamwork, dedicated mentoring, project timelines, and deadlines.

FIRST LEGO League
The FIRST LEGO League (FLL), considered the "little league" of the FIRST Robotics Competition, is the result of a partnership between FIRST and the LEGO Company. FLL extends the FIRST concept of inspiring and celebrating science and technology to children aged 9 through 14, using real-world context and hands-on experimentation.

These competitions show students that the technological fields hold many opportunities and that the basic concepts of science, math, engineering, and invention are exciting and interesting.

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FIRST’s mission is to get as many kids as possible excited about and interested in science and technology. This is done through high school robotics competitions in the United States and Canada, and numerous middle-school tournaments based on the Lego Mindstorms system.
   
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