FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is the preferred early science, technology, manufacturing & general workforce education platform supported by the Foundation for Community Driven Innovation because of its proven long term impact, character based and mentor supported programming. AMRoC will provide meeting, practice, and educational and workforce development opportunities for FIRST teams throughout Tampa Bay and Florida with in house fields, build and classroom space.
FIRST was founded in 1989 by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, this not-for-profit public organization designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while gaining self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills. FIRST® K-12 STEM education programs use robot challenges to build science and technology skills and interests,in a character driven program that also inspires self-confidence, leadership, and life skills . In Florida, FIRST serves over 10,000 students statewide. At the high school level, over $70 million in scholarships are available to participating students.
FIRST’s Progression of Programs consists of four levels – FIRST LEGO League Jr., FIRST LEGO League , FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition . The programs vary by age and challenge so that learning is always building upon itself. Starting at age 6 and continuing through middle and high-school levels up to age 18, young people can participate at any level.
FIRST is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion. FIRST K-12 STEM programs embrace and encourage differences in race,color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, income or any other characteristics that make program participants unique, and this is why the Foundation for Community Driven Innovation is committed to supporting FIRST programs as our principal platform for growing our next generation of science, technology, manufacturing and industry leaders.