The mission of FIRST® is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology.

 Based in Manchester, NH, the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.

For Sponsors, it’s the most enlightened investment you could ever make. FIRST participants are more likely to show gains in STEM, STEM Careers, and the Understanding of STEM. The Florida Engineering Foundation is a proud sponsor of STEM. With $1,500 donated every year to assist in students gaining interest in their future.