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FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition Of Science And Technology) is an international non-profit organization that helps promote STEM in youth activities. It is a robotics community for ages 4-18 that prepares the youth for the future. Under FIRST, teams conduct research, fundraise, and design and build a robot which they will compete with at annual challenges. FIRST promotes many values which they encourage teams to follow. These core values include: cooperation, teamwork, learning, sportsmanship, community involvement and gracious professionalism. Gracious professionalism, coined by Dr. Woodie Flowers, encourages teams to be competitive but also respectful and kind.
"To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where you people dream of becoming science and technology leaders." Dean Kamen, FIRST Founder
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