At A Glance

 

At A Glance


Founded in 1989 and based in Manchester, NH, FIRST is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity designed to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology, and to motivate them to pursue education and career opportunities in STEM fields.

Global Reach*  

  • 615,000+ students
  • 72,000+ teams
  • 51,000+ robots created
  • 250,000+ mentor, coach, judge, and volunteer roles

*projected for the 2018-2019 season 

2019 FIRST Robotics Competition

  • 3,790 teams
  • 94,750+ participants (Ages 14-18; Grades 9-12)

2018-2019 FIRST Tech Challenge* 

  • 7,010+ teams
  • 70,100+ participants (Ages 12-18; Grades 7-12)

*projected

2018-2019 FIRST LEGO League*

  • 40,400+ teams
  • 323,500+ participants (Ages 9-16; Grades 4-8)
  • Representing 95+ countries
    Ages vary by country

*projected

2018-2019 FIRST LEGO League Jr.*

  • 21,200+ teams
  • 127,500+ participants (Grades K-4)

*projected

2019 FIRST Scholarship Program

  • Over $80 million in college scholarships
  • 2,000 individual scholarship opportunities
  • Nearly 200 scholarship providers 

2019 FIRST Volunteers & Sponsors

  • 250,000+ volunteer roles filled
  • FIRST sponsors include more than 200 of the Fortune 500 companies

updated January 2019