(For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an organization founded by inventor Dean Kamen in 1989 to develop ways to inspire students in engineering and technology fields. The organization is the foundation for the FIRST Robotics Competition, FIRST LEGO League, Junior FIRST LEGO League, and FIRST Tech Challenge competitions.


Inspire young people to be leaders in science and technology by engaging them in exciting programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

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

To create a world where science and technology are celebrated… where young people dream of becoming science and technology heroes
-FIRST Motto


FIRST was founded in 1989 by Dean Kamen, creator of the Segway. With the first FRC challenge Maize Craze in 1992, FIRST begun its outreach to students across the globe. Next, FLL was initiated in 1998 with Pilot Year followed by Jr. FLL‘s No Limits in 2004 and FTC‘s 2005 Demonstration. Now, 50 challenges later, FIRST has involved over 250,000 students in Robotics and Technology.


Junior FIRST LEGO League (Jr.FLL): Grades K-3 build models from LEGO components in order to complete a challenge.
FIRST LEGO League (FLL): Grades 4-8 design, create, and test robots built from LEGO MINDSTORMS technology as solutions to a challenge. Los Altos FLL Team
FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC): Grades 9-12 strategize to create a robot that can compete against other teams and earn points by completing certain tasks.
FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC): Grades 9-12 design robots from scratch with a strict time limit and limited resources to compete against other teams in order to complete a challenge.

In our area, FLL has a Los Altos Robotics website here.