Fort Myers, Fla. (July 13, 2018) – The IMAG History & Science Center will host the Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership (SWFRTP) Thursday, Aug. 2 from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. on-site at 2000 Cranford Avenue in Fort Myers as they present FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a program that makes technology fun for children by turning robotics into a sport. This event is open to the public and will provide students an opportunity to learn how to start their own team or join an existing team. It will also inform adults about how to become mentors, coaches or sponsors of FIRST teams. The SWFRTP encourages attendees to register for the event on their website:

The IMAG  and the SWFRTP have a shared goal to advance science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics (STEAM) education in Southwest Florida. As such they have decided to partner in presenting FIRST to community members. FIRST is a nonprofit that provides young people the opportunity to explore technology including but not limited to engineering, videography, computer programming and business applications. FIRST was founded by prolific inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen.

FIRST empowers young people to present their knowledge and to give back to their communities by educating others about STEAM. FIRST programs span K-12 starting with Jr. First Lego League for grades K-3, FIRST Lego League for grades 4 -8, FIRST Tech Challenge for grades 7-12, and FIRST Robotics Competition for grades 9 – 12.

The IMAG is pleased to join the SWFRTP in hosting this event to inform our community about FIRST and encourage schools, groups and individuals to participate. The SWFRTP and its members have proudly supported local FIRST teams for three years.

About the IMAG History & Science Center:

IMAG History and Science Center is a family-friendly destination offering fun interactive exhibits, an aquarium, history displays and a 3D theater. The mission is to engage guests in the exploration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), and more recently the history of Southwest Florida. This is achieved through hands-on experiences and educational programs that further the understanding of the natural and human-made world, and foster an appreciation for the unique environment, natural waterways and rich history of Southwest Florida. A visit to IMAG nurtures intellectual curiosity, discovery and innovation. For more information, visit or visit in person – 2000 Cranford Avenue | Fort Myers, Florida, 33916.

For more information about FIRST, and the SWFRTP please visit their websites at:,