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*  

  • 515,000+ students
  • 59,000 teams
  • 44,700+ robots created
  • 150,000+ mentor/coach/adult supporter roles filled
  • 105,000+ other volunteer roles filled (e.g. event volunteers, affiliate partners, VISTAs)

*Projections for the 2017-2018 season 

2018 FIRST Robotics Competition

  • 3,650 teams
  • 91,000+ participants (Ages 14-18; Grades 9-12)

2017-2018 FIRST Tech Challenge 

  • 5,900 teams
  • 59,000 participants (Ages 12-18; Grades 7-12)

2017-2018 FIRST LEGO League

  • 35,200 teams
  • 280,000+ participants (Ages 9-16*; Grades 4-8)
  • Representing nearly 90 countries
    *Ages vary by country

2017-2018 FIRST LEGO League Jr.

  • 14,000+ teams
  • 86,000 participants (Grades K-4)

2018 FIRST Scholarship Program

  • $70 million in college scholarships
  • 2,000 individual scholarship opportunities
  • Nearly 200 scholarship providers 

2018 FIRST Volunteers & Sponsors

  • 255,000 volunteer roles filled
  • FIRST sponsors include more than 200 of the Fortune 500 companies

updated January 2018