Founded in 1989 by inventor, entrepreneur, and “science guy,” Dean Kamen, FIRST Robotics engages young people in science and technology. Its mentor-based projects and programs not only teach science, engineering, and technology skills, but also motivate participants to explore innovation. FIRST stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.”
FIRST programs help interest young people in furthering their education while providing them with knowledge, skills, and confidence. Engineers who possess hardware, software, and design specialties mentor the students along with other adults and educators.
Last year’s FIRST programs attracted approximately 300,000 young people and 100,000 mentors in various capacities from more than 60 countries. Every year, activities culminate in a global robotics competition, where international youth convene to share ideas, make friends, and discover new talents. To find out how to become involved, visit USFirst.org.
William Hebding and his family support several community-based organizations, including the Boca Raton, Florida-based FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Team 3932, the Dirty Mechanics.