FIRST 2013 Annual Reportv2 - page 2-3

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Over twodecadesago,
pioneering inventor DeanKamendreamed about an international culture
where scientists and engineerswere celebrated and reveredon the same level as celebrities and athletes.
Dean understood early on that our global futuredepends onour collective ability to ignite apassion in
youngpeople of all types for science, technology, engineering, andmath (STEM), andopeningdoors for
kids so theymight seek education and careers in these fields. Tohelp turn thedream into reality, Dean
andother visionaries established
FIRST
®
(For Inspiration andRecognitionof Science andTechnology)
as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charitywhosemission is tohelpdevelop tomorrow’s science and
technology leaders by engagingour youth in fun, exciting, robotics and researchprograms that build
STEM skills throughMentor-based learning, inspire innovation, and foster team-building,
self-confidence, and leadership.
Today, FIRST isa leader
in changingour culture for thebetter. Agrowing flock of hundreds
of thousands of youngpeopleworldwide (supportedby tens of thousands of adult Volunteers and
thousands of Sponsors) are inspiredby their participation in theprogressionof four
FIRST
programs
that continue to celebrate learning, self-discovery, personal growth, and life-changing experiences. Even
celebratedpersonalities from entertainment, professional sports, andgovernment are joining the
FIRST
movement to help it continue togrow and achieve its ultimate goal.
Celebrating
CHANGE
DEANKAMEN | FOUNDER,
FIRST®
“… to create aworldwhere science and technology are
celebrated
where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders…”
Help the celebration continue.
Learn the full
FIRST
story and its phenomenal growthpath at
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