The November 19th meeting will be a FIRST night complete with representatives from participants in FIRST event (including our own Bob Marchant), lots of videos, at least one (possible more) examples of FIRST Robotic Challenge entries and the opportunity to speak with representative from Virginia FIRST about opportunities to get you, your organization, and your family involved with FIRST.

The presentation will take place at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Social hour starts at 6:00pm with the presentation starting at 7:00pm. Information about FIRST can be found below.

Registration Information

Social hour starts at 6:00 pm. The presentation starts at 7:00 pm. Free for INCOSE members and non-members ($3 per hour charge to park). Register & more info at:

FIRST, which is an acronym that means “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology” is program intended to excite our kids about the potentials for careers in science and technology. Their vision is bold, “To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders.” To achieve this vision FIRST have competition levels meant to provide age relevant experiences for children of all ages (6 to 18+), and for adults who are still kids at heart. The mission of FIRST is clear and unambiguous, the foundations mission statement 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.”

For more information on FIRST, visit This wonderful website if full of informaiton , testamonials, and more important – videos about FIRST and FIRST events.

For more virginia specific information, visit the Virginia FIRST website at