FIRST stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology”. Their mission is to give a learning experience and inspire students from kindergarten to twelfth grade to get involved with STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics). FIRST was founded by Dean Kamen in 1989, and this season (2019) is their 30th year of First competitions. FRC stands for “FIRST Robotics Competition”, which is what SWARM competes in.
The impact of FIRST has been immense, with 75% of FIRST Alumni now working in a STEM related field, and are also 2.6 times more likely to enroll in a college engineering class their freshman year.