2019 FIRST Annual Impact Report

3 0 Y E A R S O F F I R S T ® & I N NO VA T I ON 2 2019 Annual Impact Report For 30 years, FIRST ® has helped youngpeople – andour mentors, educators, volunteers, sponsors, and alumni – go beyond anything they could have imagined. Powered by an incredible, mission-driven global robotics community and evidence-based programs designed to ignite curiosity and encourage exploration, FIRST prepares young people for the future. Just as previous generations led a movement that put the first human on the moon 50 years ago, the FIRST movement is leading the world into its next chapter and building a better future for us all – here on Earth and to Mars and beyond. Prolific inventor Dean Kamen founds FIRST ® to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators. His hope is to transform culture by creating a world where scientists and technologists are held in the same esteem as pop-culture celebrities. 28 teams of high school students compete in the inaugural FIRST Robotics Competition in a school gymnasium in New Hampshire. Sitting President George H. W. Bush attends the event. The 31-mile Channel Tunnel opens, connecting England to France via a railway across the English Channel. The Chunnel includes the world’s longest underwater tunnel . 1992 1994 š ] Tim Berners-Lee , an English engineer and computer scientist, invents the World Wide Web while working at CERN. The web was conceived to meet the demand for automated information sharing between scientists in universities and institutes around the world. k 1995 The inaugural FIRST Championship is held at Epcot ® at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, where it remains through 2002. 1989 TIMELINE Š