Why We Exist
Creating opportunities for students to learn and develop hands on, creative science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills will not only increase their career potential but also create solutions for future generations. We expose youth, many for the first time, to their career potential and to the extensive opportunities in a broad range of industry sectors.
FIRST was founded over 25 years ago as a means to foster a culture where scientists, engineers and technologists would be looked up to as important contributors to society. Today, FIRST is celebrated internationally in the media, respected by government leaders, considered a valuable asset by industry, and embraced by a growing army of young people world-wide seeking knowledge, self-discovery, personal growth and a life-changing experience. One of its main objectives – and the one around which our local efforts are centered – is to inspire young people to pursue further studies and careers in the fields of science, technology and engineering.
FIRST Robotics West, as we have become known, became a Society in December 2013. As an official FIRST partner organization, we are dedicated to promoting, coordinating and supporting FIRST Robotics leagues at all levels for K-12 students including connecting students with teams, finding industry mentors (i.e. software programmer and professional trades) to help support teams, providing educational resources to teams and mentors, and organizing Western Canada’s largest and top-level robotics competition, FRC Western Canada Regional, along with many other events and competitions.
FIRST Robotics leagues bring together communities in innovative ways, such as through team mentorship and local sponsorship, engaging youth in learning and skill development. We see the advantage to building a better future through youth and community investment. Career information, career planning options, STEM skills, mentoring and coaching youth in the areas of social responsibility, team work, leadership and community investment are all a part of FIRST Robotics West.