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*  

  • 460,000+ students

  • 52,000+ teams

  • 40,000+ robots created

  • 120,000+ Mentors/adult supporter roles filled

  • 110,000+ other Volunteer roles filled (e.g. event Volunteers, Affiliate Partners, VISTAs)

*Projections for the 2016/17 season 

2017 FIRST Robotics Competition

  • 3,400 teams
  • 85,000 participants (Ages 14-18; Grades 9-12)

2016/17 FIRST Tech Challenge 

  • 5,500+ teams
  • 55,000+ participants (Ages 12-18; Grades 7-12)

2016/17 FIRST LEGO League

  • 32,000 teams
  • 255,000+ participants (Ages 9-16*; Grades 4-8)
  • Representing 80+ countries
    *Ages vary by country

2016/17 FIRST LEGO League Jr.

  • 11,000+ teams
  • 68,000+ participants (Grades K-4)

2017 FIRST Scholarship Program

  • Over $30 million in college scholarships
  • 1,500+ scholarship opportunities
  • Nearly 200 scholarship providers 

2017 FIRST Volunteers & Sponsors

  • 230,000 Volunteer roles filled
  • 3,500 Sponsors including over 200 of the Fortune® 500 companies

updated September 2016