Happy Birthday FIRST!

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.

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