FIRST

Rating: 4.87 stars   63 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Technology, Education

Location: 200 Bedford Street Manchester NH 03101 USA

Mission: FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 by Inventor Dean Kamen to inspire and excite secondary high school students about mathematics, science and engineering. Many companies and organizations have established bridges with local schools to help ensure the future presence of a qualified work force, few programs have been developed on the national level. One program that has, and has been very successful in its mission, is the national robotics competition of FIRST. The FIRST conducts regional and national design competitions which demonstrate that engineering, math and science can be interesting, captivating and entertaining as a sporting event.
Target demographics: participants master skills and concepts to aid in learning science and technology through innovative projects and robotics competitions, while gaining valuable employment and life skills.
Geographic areas served: US and 80+ countries
2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

The FIRST Robotics program has given 4-H members a wonderful opportunity: to work together with youth from various schools, mentor youth, learn from experts in the engineering field, time management skills, decision making skills and creative development. Youth who have been involved learned a great deal from the adult mentors and industry experts who offered to help. In the community, publicity from the project created a greater awareness of opportunities in the science field and robotics in our town. As a springboard, a summer robotics camp was launched to help provide a feeder system for the high school program. All aspects of the project have been positive. The most difficult part is the funding area which is very competitive in a small community. Thank you.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try to lower the cost of participation so teams could participate in more than one regional event. The cost is just prohibitive unless you have big corporations or individual donors who have a passion for robotics.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 1 stars  

FIRST LEGO League is the worst Non-profit organization that I have ever dealt with. They are rude to their volunteers and claim that the Partners in the state will provide training, medallions, etc. They provide nothing to the volunteers, teams or children. The staff in New Hampshire are incompetent and disorganized. When complaints are made against a partner they do nothing at all. I would not recommend this program to any school or community. It is expensive and does not even come close to meeting all that they claim in their marketing. Save your money and use EARLY robotics or Vex or anything else.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Badly

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

For the past three years I have attended various FIRST Robotic Events both at the regional and national competitions, as Johnson & Wales University is a scholarship provider. From the organizers down to the students, I have been impressed with the different events FIRST puts on. Engineers are needed badly in the workforce and FIRST has provided an opportunity at such a young age for students to work on big projects. These projects have helped develop the technology skills that lay a great foundation for their future careers in technology. We look forward to working with FIRST for many years to come.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The national and regional conferences and the huge opportunities the students have to learn.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

First Robotics is a truly inspiring program. It sucessfully brings together industry, universities, and high schools to build and support the pipline of students who will go into the technological workforce.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Selecting the scholarship recipients.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

we are working together to inspire students to persue technical fields.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

helpful and very responsive.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

 
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