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Why Support FIRST Washington?

FIRST programs instill skills in students that they will use well beyond their FIRST experience. FIRST programs engage students, as young as six years old, in a fun and friendly competitive sport centered on robots but it is about so much more than robots! FIRST programs immerse students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) in ways no other curriculum can by encompassing electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science, system design, electronics, programming and coding, critical thinking, team-based problem solving, and project management. 

Youth are mentored by engineers, technology leaders and other business professionals and work together to design and build their robot to compete.

All FIRST programs are centered on two core values: Gracious Professionalism and Coopertition.

With Gracious Professionalism, fierce competition and mutual gain are not separate notions. Gracious professionals learn and compete like crazy, but treat one another with respect and kindness in the process. 

Coopertition is founded on the philosophy that teams can and should help and cooperate with each other as they compete. Coopertition involves learning from teammates and other teams!


"It is important for me to continue to support FIRST as a volunteer and donor because I have experienced firsthand the positive impact FIRST can make on a student's life.  I am glad I can now enable more students to experience the hands-on, mentor-lead, holistic team-building experience I received that will help shape them into tomorrow’s thinkers and leaders.”

Alida Mendes, Senior Program Manager, Manufacturing Test Engineering, Microsoft