The impact of kindness, FIRST stories reveal inspiration is everywhere, and filling the STEM gap in Michigan
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For Inspiration & Recognition of Science and Technology

A New Spotlight for the FIRST® Community

Introducing FIRST® Stories: our new showcase of narratives from members of the FIRST community. FIRST Stories features profiles on innovation, transformation, and more. Read how FIRST redefines students’ idea of success, how FIRST provides opportunity to those who need it most, or share your own FIRST story.

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The Impact of Kindness

Coopertition® is the philosophy that teams can and should help each other, even as they compete. FIRST alum Rhodes Conover experienced it when his team’s robot was inoperable, and another team’s build captain stepped in to help with repairs. Read how this generous act created a ripple effect of kindness.

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Filling the STEM gap in Michigan

With more working mechanical engineers per capita than any other state, FIRST and Michigan were a natural fit. Since 1993, FIRST in Michigan has built on a collaboration between FIRST, the State of Michigan, the auto industry, and the Michigan school systems. Discover how government grants and community centers, as well as auto-industry mentors and internships, have brought FIRST to thousands of rural, urban, and suburban students in Michigan.

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OUR VISION: “ transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders.”
— Dean Kamen, Founder