Meet the FIRST alumni leading the FIRST Robotics Competition program and an online network of teen hackers.
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Article: Robotics Helps Every Kid Go Pro

Want to give kids a roadmap for an uncertain future? Youth robotics is the extracurricular helping participants see pathways to career success. FIRST® CEO Chris Moore writes about the lifelong impact of getting kids involved with STEM and robotics from a young age.

Read more from Chris Moore on education news site The 74 »

FIRST® Alum Becomes Program Director

FIRST has announced a FIRST alum, Collin Fultz, is the new Senior Director of FIRST® Robotics Competition. “The FIRST experience has shaped my life – professionally and personally – for more than 20 years,” said Collin. “My goal is to make this life-changing experience more accessible to students around the world.”

Read more about Collin on the FIRST Robotics Competition blog >>

New FIRST Professional Development Dates Available

FIRST remote Professional Development session dates are now available for January and February 2023. There are sessions available for FIRST® LEGO® League (Discover, Explore, and Challenge) and FIRST® Tech Challenge. These professional development opportunities are great for new coaches and teachers.

For more information and how to register, visit our Professional Development page >>

Meet Hack Clubbers Abby and Caleb

FIRST participant Abby and FIRST alum Caleb are two teenagers at Hack Club, the largest online network of teen hackers in the country, who discovered their love for coding through FIRST. This year, Hack Club and FIRST will give $500 to support any high schooler running a hackathon (a weekend coding event) in their community. “I realized [through FIRST] how important community is and how cool it is to share what you are passionate about with others and talk about it together,” said Abby.

Get to know Abby & Caleb and learn more about Hack Club >>

Energize Young Minds at our Fundraising Gala

Join FIRST founder Dean Kamen and our host committee on the San Francisco waterfront at the Sixth Annual FIRST Inspire Fundraising Gala on November 15, 2022, for an evening of cocktails, food, networking, and hands-on STEM fun with fellow industry leaders.

Purchase tickets, sponsor, or donate in support of our mission >>

The FIRST Inspire Gala supports the FIRST mission worldwide; to find local FIRST affiliates to support, check out our Local Support page.
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