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FIRSTWA was started to partner with, promote, and enhance the mission of the international FIRST organization in the state of Washington. 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.
Sports for the mind is growing in the marketplace, and Washington FIRST Robotics delivers. Last year, Washington FIRST Robotics saw a 49% growth rate in its four programs, Jr. FIRST Lego League (JrFLL), 6-9 year olds, FIRST Lego League (FLL), 9-14 year olds, FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), 14-18 year olds and FIRST Robotics League (FRC), 14-18 year olds. Over 11,000 students from public and independents schools, home schooled students, scouting, Boys and Girls Clubs, 4H and FFA across Washington state.
Affiliated with U.S.FIRST, but operating as a separate 501(C) (3), Washington FIRST Roboticsdesigns 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 is known among students as the "coolest" STEM education that exists. All dollars raised by Washington FIRST Robotics helps Washington state students.
We know that without the encouragement of adults and the engagement of student peers that are at the core of all FIRST programs, students begin falling behind in science and technology at an early age, which can not only deter interest in science and technology careers, but also have more serious consequences for success in life.
Working with investors Washington FIRST Robotics:
Engages students at a young age to get them excited about science and technology and keep them from falling behind.
Keeps students involved throughout their school years through a progression of learning, so that they see the opportunities in and are prepared to succeed in 21st century science and technology careers.
Instill gracious professionalism, teaching students how to respect one another, their mentors and community.