At A Glance

 
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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*  

  • 400,000+ students

  • 44,000+ teams

  • 37,000+ robots created

  • 100,000+ Mentors/adult supporter roles filled

  • 100,000+ other Volunteer roles filled (e.g. event Volunteers, Affiliate Partners, VISTAs)

*Projections for the 2015/16 season 

2016 FIRST Robotics Competition

  • 3,100+ teams
  • 78,000+ participants (Ages 14-18; Grades 9-12)

2015/16 FIRST Tech Challenge 

  • 5,100+ teams
  • 51,000+ participants (Ages 12-18; Grades 7-12)

2015/16 FIRST LEGO League

  • 29,000+ teams
  • 233,000+ participants (Ages 9-16*; Grades 4-8)
  • Representing ~80 countries
    *Ages vary by country

2015/16 FIRST LEGO League Jr.

  • 6,800+ teams
  • 40,000+ participants (Grades K-3)

FIRST Scholarship Program (2016)

  • Over $22 million in college scholarships
  • 1,000+ scholarship opportunities
  • Nearly 200 scholarship providers 

2016 FIRST Volunteers & Sponsors

  • 200,000 Volunteer roles filled, contributing 16+ million hours per season
  • 3,500 Sponsors including over 200 of the Fortune® 500 companies

updated September 2015