About Us


Dean Kamen is an inventor, entrepreneur, and tireless advocate  for science and technology. His passion and determination to help young people discover the excitement and rewards of science and technology are the cornerstones of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).

FIRST was founded in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.

Visit http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc for more information.


TNFIRST, Inc. is a tax-exempt, non-profit corporation in Tennessee focused on connecting K12 students to the world of FIRST Robotics and Events. We believe that K12 students have the best opportunity at future success when they are exposed to the world of business and manufacturing during their middle and high school years.  Using the FIRST competitive robotics programs provides ALL students the opportunity to solve problems, work in a team environment, and get exposed to all aspects of business and technology.

Our Vision is to:

Celebrate and promote science, technology, and entrepreneurship as productive careers in our society.


To provide resources and activities that build and expand mentor-based robotics programs throughout the State of Tennessee, thereby developing business, engineering, and manufacturing skills in the K12 student community to grow their problem-solving, team-building, leadership, and community engagement.

Board of Directors:

Mike Wehrenberg – Chairman

Fred Wettling – President

L J (La Jean) Robinson – COO

Nancy Wentz – Treasurer

Mark Buckner – Board Member

Eddie Maier – Board Member

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