For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology
FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a robotics community that prepares young people for the future through a suite of inclusive, team-based robotics programs for ages 4-18 (PreK-12) that can be facilitated in school or in structured afterschool programs. Boosted by a global support system of volunteers, educators, and sponsors that include over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies, teams operate under a signature set of FIRST® Core Values to conduct research, fundraise, design, build, and showcase their achievements during annual challenges.
Dean Kamen founded FIRST Robotics in an effort to encourage more kids to pursue STEM fields. Founded in 1989, FIRST has grown from a small high school competition to a global robotics league, reaching over 300,000 students in grades K-12. Through FIRST Robotics, kids build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills. La Salle Robotics has continuously helped to grow and spread the FIRST initiative and will continue to do so for many years.