"FIRST®'s (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) vision is "to 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.
FIRST® was founded by Dean Kamen, the inventor of the Segway, to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. This non-profit organization 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®).
FIRST® has two main values: Gracious Professionalism® and Coopertition®. Gracious Professionalism® "encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community" (FIRST®). Coopertition® "is displaying unqualified kindness and respect in the face of fierce competition. Teams can and should help and cooperate with each other even as they compete" (FIRST®).
For more information about FIRST®, visit www.firstinspires.org