Who are We?
Founded in 2015, CU FIRST aims to promote and expand FIRST® (For Inspiration of Science & Technology) and it’s robotics-based educational programs for children.
Many of our Members competed through FIRST LEGO League Jr. (Ages 6-9), FIRST LEGO League (Ages 10-13) or FIRST Robotics Competition (Ages 14-18) when we were in Elementary and Secondary School, and that experience left a lasting impact on all of us. Now, as Post-Secondary Students, we want to give back. Our goal is to get more kids involved in this amazing program that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspires innovation, and that fosters well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.
By connecting Post-Secondary Students with mentoring, coaching and volunteer opportunities; by organizing competitions, socials, and conferences; and by promoting and facilitating cooperation between teams in the area, we hope to build and maintain a strong FIRST® presence in Ottawa.
What is FIRST?
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. Their 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.
FIRST Founder Dean Kamen is a prolific inventor, entrepreneur, and tireless advocate for science and technology. His passion and determination to help young people discover the excitement and rewards of science and technology are the cornerstones of FIRST. For over 25 years, Kamen has resolutely led the growth of FIRST to where it is now universally recognized as the leading, not-for-profit STEM engagement program for kids worldwide.
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. Read more about the Impact of FIRST.
We are proud to have established relationsips with On-Campus Student Organizations such as CUSA (Carleton Univerty Student’s Association) and CSES (Carleton Student Engineering Society), in addition to Carleton University and FIRST Canada