The FIRST® in Texas Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that supports FIRST® Robotics teams and events across Texas with a focus on increasing accessibility for low-income and underrepresented students. FIRST® participants are significantly more likely to attend college, major in science or engineering, and be outstanding future employees and citizens. By investing in Texas students’ participation in FIRST®, we address the growing demands of the STEM workforce.
Who We Are
With guidance and oversight provided by the FIRST® in Texas Board, we disperse hundreds of thousands of dollars in team grants each year. FIRST® in Texas works closely with FIRST®, which inspires 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 foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.
As a grant recipient of the Texas Workforce Commission since our founding in 2010 as a grant distribution entity, our operations have significantly increased over the last ten years. FIRST in Texas now operates almost all of the programs statewide.
The FIRST in Texas mission is to build STEM and 21st Century skills in students, to strengthen the school-to-STEM career pipeline for Texas and inspire the next generation of innovators.
FIRST in Texas uses robots/coding to teach youth to complete universally relevant/challenging projects with budget limitations/firm deadlines, in a team environment that encourages creative solutions, quality work, the value of others, and demonstrates fierce competition and mutual gain are compatible.
“It’s never been about the robots. We don’t use kids to build robots. We use robots to build kids.”
Dean Kamen, FIRST Founder
The FIRST® in Texas Bylaws document may be found in its entirety here.
The most recent FIRST® in Texas financial documents are listed below: