US FIRST(For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.
The FIRST Robotics Competition is an exciting, multinational competition that teams professionals with young people to solve an engineering design problem in an intense and competitive way. The competitions are high-tech spectator events; they represent the result of focused brainstorming, real-world teamwork, dedicated mentoring, and project timelines. The competition connects over 42,100 high-school-aged students on 1,648 teams in 40 regional events, 7 district competitions, and the final championship, which is held in the Scott Trade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Uniting teams from across the world, these competitions encourage strong communication, effective organization, leadership, and outstanding teamwork. Countries such as Canada, Brazil, United Kingdom, Chile, the Philippines, Germany, Turkey, Mexico, Israel, and 48 U.S. states will participate in US FIRST programs this year.
When Brandeis University's Center for Youth and Communities compared a group of non-FIRST students with FIRST students, they found that FIRST Students are:
- More than 3 times as likely to major specifically in engineering.
- Roughly 10 times as likely to have had an apprenticeship, internship, or co-op job in their freshman year.
- Significantly more likely to expect to achieve a post-graduate degree.
- More than twice as likely to expect to pursue a career in science and technology.
- Nearly 4 times as likely to expect to pursue a career specifically in engineering.
- More than twice as likely to volunteer in their communities.
US FIRST additionally qualifies its participants:
- For More than $9 million in college scholarships
- With 600 individual scholarship opportunities from more than 120 organizations
These paragraphs don't even come close to summarizing the goals of US First, but we strive to do our best at Team 1208 to achieve them. If you would like more information on the goals of US First or more details on US First, in general, please visit www.firstinspires.org.