Dean Kamen is an inventor and a science and technology interpreter. His passion and determination to help teenagers discover the benefits of science and technology in a FIRST ("For inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology").
FIRST was founded in 1989 to inspire in teenagers the interest and participation in science and technology. With HQ in Manchester, NH, the 501 (c) (3) they offer innovative programs that motivate teenagers to to continue their education and look for opportunities in the science, technology, engineering and maths careers, while they develop knowledge, free construction of trust and abilities for life.
"Transform our culture by creating a world were science and technology are honored and were kids dream to become heroes in science and technology"
- Dean Kamen, Founder of FIRST -
What is FIRST?
Denominated as "team of sports for the mind", First Robotics Competition (FRC) combines the enthusiasm from sports with the rigor of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources and time limit, teams of 25 students or more, are required to raise funds, give a brand to the team and construct and program a robot to perform pre made tasks against another team. This is the closest to "real world" engineering that a student can obtain. Professional mentors from previous years volunteer their time and talent to guide the team.
Our mission is to inspire kids to become leaders in science and technology, including them in programs based on Mentors that change science, engineering and technology into habilites that inspire innovation, and that foment trust, communication and leadership skills.
The FIRST championship is the culmination of the FIRST season programs, joining three different robotics competitions in the most extreme and complete "mind sport". This event includes the championship from the competition FIRST (FRC), the global championship of First Tech Challenge (FTC) y the global festival championship of the FIRST Lego League (FLL). It is also present in the global exposition of the Junior FIRST LEGO League (Jr. FLL).
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