To inspire young minds to become science and technology leaders by engaging them in intense yet exciting mentor-based programs that help build science, engineering and technology skills. FIRST will inspire innovation and foster well rounded life abilities that include self-confidence, communication and leadership.
Gracious Professionalism is an ethos of FIRST. It’s the way of doing things that encourages high-quality work and emphasizes the value of others and to respect individuals and the community. Fierce competition and mutual gain are not separate notions. When you are a Gracious Professional, you learn and compete like crazy, but don’t lose the ability to treat others with respect and kindness along the way. Knowledge, competition and empathy are comfortably blended.
At FIRST, Cooperation skills are tested by displaying kindness and respect in the face of fierce competition. Cooperation is founded on the philosophy that teams should help and cooperate with each other when possible, even as they compete.