FIRST is a non-profit organization founded by Dean Kamen and Woodie Flowers in 1989, whose main goal is to help young people discover and develop a passion for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Annual international FIRST Robotics Competitions (FRC) result in the students gaining knowledge and experience, along with confidence, winning recognition, making new friends, and even discovering careers. While the OGRE Robotics team has very limited experience with FIRST, the effects on the team are profound and we plan to continue participation for many years.

“I don’t use kids to build robots, I use robots to build kids.” – Dean Kamen