Today is a special day forFIRST®. We are turning 30*!
We’ve grown a lot since our humble beginnings, when we started as a group of 28 U.S. robotics teams competing in one event in a high school gym (see photo – what the tech?).
Today, we’re wittier, wiser, and worldlier, thanks to a global community of dedicated supporters like you:
- 615,000+ active students on 72,000+ teams in 100+ countries
- 250,000+ mentor, coach, judge, and volunteer roles
- 3,000+ annual events
- $80 million+ in scholarship opportunities
- Millions of FIRST alumni and families
*FIRST was founded by inventor Dean Kamen on March 20, 1989 – the same month Tim Berners-Lee created the World Wide Web. 1989: What a year for gamechangers.