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.

All numbers are projected for the 2019-2020 season. 

Global Reach  

  • 660,000 students
  • 79,000 teams
  • 51,000 robots created
  • 300,000+ mentor, coach, judge, and volunteer roles

2020 FIRST® Robotics Competition

  • 4,000 teams
  • 100,000 students (Ages 14-18; Grades 9-12)
  • Representing 35 countries

2019-2020 FIRST® Tech Challenge

  • 8,000 teams
  • 80,000 students (Ages 12-18; Grades 7-12)
  • Representing 35+ countries

2019-2020 FIRST® LEGO® League

  • 39,000 teams
  • 312,000 students, (Ages 9-16*; Grades 4-8)
  • Representing 100+ countrie​s

*Ages vary by country

2019-2020 FIRST® LEGO® League Jr.

  • 28,000 teams 
  • 168,000 children (Ages 6-10; Grades K-4)
  • Representing 70+ countries

2020 FIRST Scholarship Program

  • Over $80 million in college, university, and technical program scholarships
  • 3,500+ individual scholarship opportunities
  • Nearly 200 scholarship providers 

2020 FIRST Volunteers & Sponsors

  • 300,000+ volunteer roles filled
  • FIRST sponsors include more than 200 of the Fortune 500 companies

updated November 2019