For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) is a non-profit organization founded in 1989 in a high school gym. FIRST inspires students to choose careers in Science and Technology and now reaches over 100,000 students worldwide. FIRST was brought to Canada in 2002 and culminates every year with several regional events in Ontario including Waterloo Regional at the University of Waterloo, Greater Toronto Central at the Ryerson University, and Greater Toronto East at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.
After six weeks of designing and building, these highly competitive Canadian teams are joined by teams from around the world to compete in the current year’s challenge. The winning teams are invited to the World Championship Event held in St. Louis, Missouri.