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*  

  • 570,000+ students
  • 67,000+ teams
  • 45,000+ robots created
  • 300,000+ mentor, coach, judge, and volunteer roles

*for the 2018-2019 season 

2019 FIRST Robotics Competition

  • 3,802 teams
  • 95,000+ participants (Ages 14-18; Grades 9-12)
  • Representing 35 countries 

2018-2019 FIRST Tech Challenge

  • 6,818 teams
  • 68,000+ participants (Ages 12-18; Grades 7-12)
  • Representing 37 countries 

2018-2019 FIRST LEGO League

  • 35,140 teams
  • 281,000+ participants (Ages 9-16†; Grades 4-8)
  • Representing 103 countries

†Ages vary by country

2018-2019 FIRST LEGO League Jr.

  • 21,718 teams
  • 130,000+ participants (Grades K-4)
  • Representing 74 countries 

2019 FIRST Scholarship Program

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

2019 FIRST Volunteers & Sponsors

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

updated June 2019