Bringing FIRST to the PNW…
FIRST WASHINGTON was founded in 2002 by FRC Mentors; Kevin Ross, Larry Barrello, Paul Roush, and Eric Stokely while they were sitting around Larry’s Kitchen Table. It was formed to help new and experienced teams by sharing resources and communication within the Washington State community .
Then it evolved, mainly through the efforts of Kevin Ross, to meet the needs of the teams as well as expand to include the FLL and FTC programs as they were created.
Now, it is a full fledged non-profit with a dedicated staff that runs all aspects of the FIRST Programs within the state as well as running the PNW Districts for FRC. This growth has included a dedicated warehouse to hold fields and equipment, as well as offices and meeting spaces.
Revolutionizing STEM for over 30 years…
Dean Kamen is a prolific 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.
One of Dean’s proudest accomplishments is founding FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). in 1989 in Manchester, New Hampshire .
For over 30 years, Kamen has resolutely led the growth of FIRST to where it is now universally recognized as the leading, not-for-profit STEM engagement program for kids worldwide.