Sending Office: Honorable Bill Foster
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Dear Colleague,

I invite you to become an original cosponsor of H.Res.852 marking the first Saturday of every January as “National FIRST Robotics Day” to celebrate and recognize the hardworking students, mentors, volunteers, sponsors, and parents that are apart of the For
the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics community.   

Engineer Dean Kamen and MIT Professor Dr. Woodie Flowers founded FIRST Robotics at a time when the United States was lacking in STEM performance.  The inaugural FIRST event took place in 1992 with only 28 teams and in 30 short years FIRST has captivated
students across the globe and has grown to be the largest non-profit youth robotics organization in the world. The proposed “National FIRST Robotics” day corresponds to the season kick-off for the capstone program, FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC).

The FIRST community is preparing young people for the future.  A vital part of the community’s strategic intent is to serve an inclusive and diverse audience, reflecting the population of the communities they serve.  FIRST understands the broader societal
context of economic, education, and social factors historically leading to disproportionate access and outcomes.  Leveraging cross-sector and industry collaboration, FIRST actively engages in developing strategies that remove barriers and ensure greater access
to FIRST programs so that all youth can participate.   

Please join me in recognizing the positive impact and recognition of the FIRST Robotics community by marking the first Saturday of every January as “National FIRST Robotics Day.” For more information or to become an original cosponsor, please contact Merit
Schumaker at


Bill Foster

Member of Congress            

Related Legislative Issues

Selected legislative information: Appropriations, Education, Science, Technology

Related Bill Information

Bill Type: H.Res.
Bill Number: 852
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