The successful For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST®) Program provides an exciting venue for science-minded kids to compete on a level that rivals their athlete peers. With programs that involve children from elementary school age through high school, FIRST® ignites that spirit of competitiveness, creativity and wonder. ECIA couldn't agree more. We support this extraordinary program and are excited to offer our member companies the opportunity to participate!
Curious about FIRST® - HBO Spotlights “a Sporting Event Unlike any Other”
Award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien, a correspondent for HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel,” sat down with FIRST® Founder Dean Kamen and visited FIRST teams and events around the U.S. to find out how FIRST is recruiting the next generation of problem solvers, making robotics “a sporting event unlike any other.” Check out the full “Real Sports” segment below, it's 15 minutes well spent!
Exclusive Internship Portal
Now ECIA members can take advantage of an exclusive internship portal for FIRST® alumni. These students are some of the best and brighest and have twice the inclination to study engineering and science as other students. The portal is designed to provide a seamless connection point between these talented students and FIRST® supporters. Learn more about the Internship Portal or post your opportunity here.
The facts are pretty impressive - FIRST® changes lives and propels students toward advance degrees. View an infographic on the impact from a study conducted by Brandeis University or download the study.
ECIA member companies provide support in a number of ways: supplying components to the team Kit of Parts; mentoring teams; sponsoring regional competitions and direct funding. Learn more about the tax advantages of supporting STEM education.
FIRST Alliance Partnership
ECIA Foundation and FIRST® joined forces to ‘ignite young minds’ to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). ECIA is already a Silver Supplier to the FIRST® Robotics Competition with members donating electronic components to the kit of parts, sponsoring events and providing direct funding to teams.
Our Strategic Alliance partnership offers ECIA Foundation members the opportunity to engage in FIRST® programs as Volunteers, Coaches and Mentors at the local level in support of organization objectives and community outreach efforts. Members can be a valuable resource to a new generation by providing an industry perspective and first-hand knowledge of the global electronic component supply chain. Understanding the career opportunities available will help FIRST® students make informed decisions about their future.
Together, ECIA Foundation and FIRST® want to empower students to enrich their lives, realize their potential, and become outstanding future employees and citizens. Fostering a passion for STEM subjects today will shape education and career decisions tomorrow.
Your help is critical and we hope that you will support the efforts of this partnership and get involved today.
To learn more about the Volunteer positions available and register as a Volunteer in your area visit FIRST Volunteers. Please select the ECIA Foundation as your organization from the drop down menu when registering.
Join the ECIA Tech Challenge - Submit a Team Tool!
The ECIA Foundation is providing a website resource page for FIRST® teams to provide tool files ready to be downloaded and printed. The 3-D printer file is a wire gauge checker branded with the FIRST game logo.
We need your help!
Does your company have enthusiasts able to submit other useful tool files? Are you coaching a team that has ideas about what resources they need? This would be an excellent opportunity to brand your company on a team tool. ECIA will spread the word about the resource page and drive awareness of the companies involved. Contact Debbie Conyers for details.
The Founder, Dean Kamen
Dean Kamen is an inventor, entrepreneur, and tireless advocate for science and technology. His passion and determination to help young people discover the excitement and rewards of science and technology are the cornerstones of FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).
FIRST® 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.
FIRST® Progression of Programs
“For students aged 6-18, it’s the hardest fun you’ll ever have. For team Mentors, Coaches, and Volunteers, it’s the most rewarding adventure you’ll ever undertake. For Sponsors, it’s the most enlightened investment you could ever make.”
FIRST® LEGO® League Junior: Captures young curiosity by exploring real-world scientific challenges, learning teamwork, and working with motorized LEGO® elements
FIRST® LEGO League: Elementary and middle school-aged students research a real-world engineering challenge, develop a solution, and compete with LEGO-based robots of their own design
FIRST® Tech Challenge: Teams of middle and high school-aged students are challenged to design, build, and program a robot to play a floor game against other teams’ creations
FIRST® Robotics Competition: High school-aged teams compete head to head on a special playing field with robots they have designed, built, and programmed
The FIRST® Mission
"Our mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, 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."
Dubbed a "varsity sport for the mind," FRC® combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of 25 students or more are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program a robot to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. It's as close to "real world" engineering that a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team.
Please visit the FIRST® Robotics Competition web site for more details about FIRST®'s mission and program at http://www.firstinspires.org/