A GLOBAL ROBOTICS COMMUNITY PREPARING YOUNG PEOPLE FOR THE FUTURE

We Are the World's Leading
Youth-Serving Nonprofit Advancing STEM Education

FIRST® inspires young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

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IT'S TIME TO BE GAME CHANGERS

We're teaming up with Disney and Lucasfilm for our robotics season theme,
FIRST® GAME CHANGERSSM powered by Star Wars: Force for Change.

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Inspiring Generations of Global Citizens

645K Students and 110+ Countries Participated in the 2019-2020 Season

There's a total of 77,400 FIRST Teams Worldwide

89% of FIRST Alumni Declare Majors in STEM

83% of FIRST Alumni have Confidence to Take Leadership Roles in School

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At-Home Learning

FIRST remains committed to continuing our efforts to give students the skills and confidence they need to change the world - today and tomorrow. Learn about opportunities for online learning/skills development, FIRST supported activities, and a place to stay connected to the FIRST community during this global pandemic.

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A Suite of Hands-On, STEM Learning Programs

Through a progression of team-based robotics challenges and backed by a global network of mentors, coaches, volunteers, alumni, and sponsors, FIRST helps young people discover a passion for STEM and develop the skills they'll need to succeed in today's competitive workforce.

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PreK-8
 
GRADESPreK-8
AGES4-16

FIRST® LEGO® League introduces STEM to children ages 4-16* through fun, exciting hands-on learning. Participants gain real-world problem-solving experiences through a guided, global robotics program, helping today’s students and teachers build a better future together. FIRST LEGO League’s three divisions inspire youth to experiment and grow their critical thinking, coding, and design skills through hands-on STEM learning and robotics.

*ages and grades vary by country

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FIRST LEGO League

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7-12
 
GRADES7-12
AGES12-18

FIRST® Tech Challenge students learn to think like engineers. Teams design, build, and program robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. Robots are built from a reusable platform, powered by android technology, and can be coded using a variety of levels of Java-based programming.

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FIRST Tech Challenge

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9-12
 
GRADES9-12
AGES14-18

FIRST® Robotics Competition teams design, program, and build a robot starting with a standard kit of parts and common set of rules to play in a themed head-to-head challenge. Teams also build a brand, develop community partnerships for support, and work to promote STEM in their local community.

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FIRST inspires students to be forces for change in their communities

FIRST ® RISESM powered by
Star Wars: Force for Change Season Teams

FIRST STEM Community

Star Wars actors Daisy Ridley, Kelly Marie Tran, and Oscar Isaac highlighted a few of the FIRST® teams tackling challenges raised by the COVID-19 pandemic in a video message to the ...

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FIRST is a Place Where I Belong

Eduardo Pineda

FIRST Robotics Competition Team 6647 "Voltec Robotics," Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico

FIRST Robotics Competition Student

"I had a feeling that FIRST® was the place where I belonged, and that feeling has never disappeared."

Before I participated in FIRST, I never saw myself with a career, many friends, or as a...

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