Oklahoma FIRST is dedicated to
inspiring young people’s interest in science and technology.
Through our programs, kids team with local engineers,
professors and business people to solve real world
Students develop technical
expertise, and gain self confidence, knowledge and skills to
face life’s challenges. They discover they can achieve more
than they had ever dreamed possible. We invite you to join
us as a team member, volunteer, sponsor or donor.
Inspiration and Recognition of Science
and Technology) was founded by inventor
Dean Kamen to inspire an appreciation of
science and technology in young people.
Based in Manchester, NH, the 501 (c) (3)
not-for-profit organization designs
accessible, innovative programs to build
self-confidence, knowledge and life
skills while motivating young people to
pursue opportunities in science,
technology, engineering and math.
Pre-Engineering students representing
Norman North, Norman High, Moore High
and Westmoore High Schools stand next to
the robot they've designed
FIRST's Vision is to positively
transform culture by inspiring young
people, their schools, and communities
to appreciate science and technology.
FIRST brings together schools with
businesses, and students with
professionals as mentors, all with the
support of local universities.
FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC)
is an exciting, multinational competition that teams professionals
and young people to solve an engineering design problem in an
intense and competitive way. The program is a life-changing,
career-molding experience—and a lot of fun. In 2010, the competition
reached over 45,200 high-school-aged young people on over 1,800
teams in 43 regional events. FRC teams came from 48 states, 4
provinces, and 12 countries. The competitions are high-tech
spectator sporting events, the result of lots of focused
brainstorming, real-world teamwork, dedicated mentoring, project
timelines, and deadlines.
Colleges, universities, corporations, businesses, and individuals
provided over $12 million in college scholarships to FRC
participants in 2010. Involved engineers experience again many of
the reasons they chose engineering as a profession, and the
companies they work for contribute to the community while they
prepare and create their future workforce. The competition shows
students that the technological fields hold many
Winning necessitates cooperation among teams
that have never met before. In a competition that has nothing to do
with smashing another robot, FRC teams of students and their mentors
have six weeks to design and build a robot from a standard kit of
parts to compete at FIRST Regional Events under the principles of