For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology

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FIRST, which stands for For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, was founded in 1989 by Dean Kamen with the vision to “transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated”. FIRST has four competitions for elementary through high school age students: Junior FIRST LEGO League (Jr.FLL), FIRST LEGO League (FLL), FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), and FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). These programs inspire children to pursue education in science, math, engineering, and technology and allow them to build life skills. More information can be found at We participate in FRC, where 1,680 teams from across the world are given six weeks in the spring to design and build a robot that will compete in the year’s game. Teams also compete in areas of website, animation, CAD, safety as well as for the Woodie Flowers Award, which celebrates a special mentor, and the Chairman’s Award which honors the team which most embodies the spirit of FIRST.

Metal and Soul takes great pride in being a leader in FIRST safety, please click here to view the FIRST safety manual. Anyone looking to join FIRST should read and be up to date on safety as it is the utmost importance to FIRST.