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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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

FIRST is an amazing program that gets high school students to bring together and share their creativity, enthusiasm, hard work, dedication, and incredible smarts to build a robot which competes with other schools around the world. In order to be successful, FIRST team's need several different types of skill sets from the students, ranging from math and engineering skills to build the robots, to business and marketing skills to fundraise and get free parts from companies. One of the best things about FIRST is they don't hold tryouts to be on the team like most high school sports. If you want to be involved and show initiative, then you're on the team! FIRST is one of the best high school programs around that prepares young minds for life after high school. FIRST is paving the way for the next generation of professionals which will one day run this country.

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

being part of our companies sponsorship program which provides free parts to FIRST teams and awards 6 scholarships for highschool seniors who are planning on attending college.

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

I don't know what could be chaged to make this program any better than it already is.

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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

you state that the president gets a 229,000 annual salary on this site. And people are ginving it 5 stars? Wow! this blows my mind! Why would you want to donate to give the president a 229k annual salary? I will not give it 5 stars, nor 5.00.
People really need to looks at the profit statements, for the salary's before donating to their favorite charity's.
You may think twice. there are a lot of them out there that do not make these enormous salaries!

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

just read about it

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

Stop paying the president 229k annual salary

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

As my company has been involved with FIRST for the past 5 years, we decided to increase our impact and offer scholarships to select participants of the 2010 competition. The FIRST organization attracts such a high caliber of students that it made our selection process a difficult, but enjoyable one. We were able to directly affect the students in a way that our company never has before. FIRST is a well oiled machine that helps companies positively impact students across the nation and world and encourage those students into the fields of science and engineering.

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

Being able to meet the scholarship winners and understand how my companies donation is directly impacting their life.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

As Scholarship Coordinator for the College of Engineering at the University of Missouri, I have attended regional competitions to promote the University-sponsored FIRST scholarships. I have been impressed with the quality of these competitions and the enthusiasm for learning it has promoted in the student participants. FIRST helps students become well-rounded individuals with a focus on developing their technological skills.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization by meeting the students who have chosen to come to our university as a result of the FIRST scholarships that are awarded. I am impressed with their academic and problem-solving skills.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Since learning about FIRST in 2007, our company has supported FIRST programs and I have personally participated in programs and at events. What I have observed is an amazing program that engages children from grade school through high school in more than just robotics, it gets them interested in technology, science and math careers. It takes something that could be intimidating and presents it in a way that all can learn and participate. Not only does it support STEM education but teaches SO MUCH MORE. Its theme of Gracious Professionalism teaches students that it is inot always about winning but the importance of working together and helping others. In addition, teams and partcipants are encouraged to share the message in the community, mentor younger children and provide community service. It is a remarkable organization and I am proud to be a part of the FIRST family.

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

seeing the impact it has on children. Their unbounded enthusiasm for learning and being challenged is truly special and unique. The kids have to work really hard and embrace the opportunity.

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

the interaction with the students, the expressions on their faces and the passion they have.

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

Bring FIRST to kids of all ages in all countries. It is truly inspirational and I wish more US schools could participate in the program. Since the program is focused on robotics and traveling to competitions, costs at the school level can grow quickly.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

FIRST is a truly unique organization which helps encourage students from all walks of life to get excited and learn about science and engineering. FIRST creates and organizes events nationwide which encourages students to apply knowledge in a fun filled game that requires teamwork, on the spot thinking and creatvity. It is such a fun experience watching these kids compete, and see how excited they can get about science. The program is helping recruit future scientists and engineers, all while letting the kids have a lot of fun.

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

Speaking with kids of teams. They are so excited about the work they have done, and the only way for that to happen is through the FIRST organization.

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

Being able to help encourage students to learn about science.

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

Kind, gracious and excited.

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

Help that many more students!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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