FIRST ROBOTICS ORLANDO REGIONAL
Developing Florida's High Tech Workforce
We support Florida’s economic development by encouraging and promoting participation in STEM for the benefit of Florida’s technology and scientific community.
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)
was founded in 1989 by inventor Dean Kamen. The mission of FIRST 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.
The Orlando Regional FIRST Robotics Competition started in 1999 with 28 teams at the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Center. After four years of growth, the decision was made to move to the University Of Central Florida Arena in 2003. Today, this is where Florida teams still compete.
The Regional is an international favorite. The Orlando Regional has had teams competing from Canada, Germany, Australia, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Israel, Turkey and Great Britain.
“Every once in a while, a new technology, an old problem, and a big idea turn into an innovation.” - Dean Kamen