Purdue FIRST Programs (PFP) is a student organization and class that is based at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. It is a group composed of approximately 90 students who work together to support the mission and vision of US FIRST, primarily through mentoring students in the surrounding Lafayette and West Lafayette communities.
Currently, Purdue FIRST Programs supports 20 elementary and middle school First Lego League teams and 4 FIRST Robotic Competition teams. Purdue FIRST Programs also holds a fall qualifying tournament for FIRST Lego League with a First Tech Challenge competition, a spring competition for First Lego League teams, and the Boilermaker Regional Competition for FIRST Robotics Competition teams. In addition, PFP also participates in other outreach events throughout the year on campus and in the community.
Purdue FIRST Programs will be respected for its contributions to the lives of the people it engages. As an effective leadership team, we will develop and implement sustainable initiatives and events that will provide positive experiences to participants while serving as a model for similar organizations.
Purdue FIRST Programs inspires in youth and their communities an appreciation of science and technology, while developing life skills, passion, and leadership through mentoring and hands-on activities that provide opportunities for personal growth.
“…to create a world where science and technology are celebrated… where young people dream of becoming science and technology heroes…”
Dean Kamen, FIRST Founder