FIRST Values

The Nerd Herd drive team holding up the team banner at competition.

Gracious ProfessionalismTM, coined by Dr. Woodie Flowers, FIRST National Advisor, is one of the values of the program. With Gracious Professionalism, students are encouraged to learn and compete like crazy, but at the same time, treat one another with respect and kindness. This way, members learn how to be competitive but also show good sportsmanship.
Unlike Gracious ProfessionalismTM, CoopertitionTM produces innovation by cooperating with the competition. Based on the concept that teams can and should cooperate with one another while competing, CoopertitionTM encourages fierce competition and assistance to others when possible.