What is FIRST?

(Want to get a better idea? Head over to the Contact Us page and send us an email, or visit us in person. Click here to join.)

“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.

FIRST is More Than Robots. FIRST participation is proven to encourage students to pursue education and careers in STEM-related fields, inspire them to become leaders and innovators, and enhance their 21 st century work-life skills.” – Visit the website

FIRST hosts four programs, for kids from kindergarten up to high school. The Metal Mavericks participate in FTC (FIRST Tech Challenge).

“It’s way more than building robots. Following a sports model, FIRST® Tech Challenge teams (10+ members) design, build, program, and operate robots of their own design to play a floor game in an alliance format. Guided by adult Coaches and Mentors, students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles, while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and sharing ideas. Participants have access to tens of millions of dollars in college scholarships.” – Click here to learn more about FTC.


Watch the video below for this year’s challenge:

FIRST, in addition to providing great experience, is a great resume builder! Alumni are also eligible for many scholarships