FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity designs 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 More Than Robots. FIRST participation is proven to encourage students to pursue education and careers in STEM-related fields, inspire them to become leaders and innovators, and enhance their 21 st century work-life skills.
The mission of FIRST® is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, 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.
"To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders." Dean Kamen, Founder
About FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC)
Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. We call FIRST Robotics Competition the ultimate Sport for the Mind. High-school student participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have.”
Under strict rules, limited resources, and an intense six-week time limit, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team. Each season ends with an exciting FIRST Championship.
The Iron Lancers (FIRST Robotics Team 3157) were founded in 2010 with technical and financial assistance by Bausch and Lomb. The team met for a few years at a Bausch facility before relocating to Eastridge High School. The team won the Finger Lakes Regional Rookie All-Star Award in their first season and attended Championships in Atlanta, GA.
In their second season, The Iron Lancers made it to a decisive third match in the Finger Lakes Regional Finals. The team has gone on to win regional awards for web site design, engineering quality, and imagery in recent years.
In 2017, the team developed a steam punk inspired robot for the Steamworks game. The robot and costumed drive team captured imagery awards at both the Finger Lakes Regional and St. Louis Championships.
The 2019 Iron Lancer team claimed imagery awards at the Finger Lakes and Buckeye (Cleveland, OH) regional events.
The 2019 Iron Lancer team included 29 students and 9 mentors. The adult mentors included East Irondequoit staff, parents, and community members.