At A Glance

FIRST® is the world’s leading youth-serving nonprofit advancing STEM education.

For 30 years, FIRST has combined the rigor of STEM learning with the fun and excitement of traditional sports and the inspiration that comes from community through programs that have a proven impact on learning, interest, and skill-building inside and outside of the classroom.

2019-2020 Season in Numbers

At A Glance

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: Grades 9-12 (ages 14-18) 

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

2019-2020 FIRST® Tech Challenge: Grades 7-12 (ages 12-18) 

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

2019-2020 FIRST® LEGO® League: Grades 4-8 (ages 9-16; age varies by country) 

  • 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.: Grades K-4 (ages 6-10) 

  • 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