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 preliminary estimates for the 2019-2020 FIRST® RISESM, powered by Star Wars: Force for Change, season. 

Global Reach  

  • 689,000+ students
  • 84,000+ teams
  • 51,400+ robots created
  • 320,000+ mentor, coach, judge, and volunteer roles filled

2020 FIRST® Robotics Competition: Grades 9-12 (ages 14-18) 

  • 3,914 teams
  • 98,000 students

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

  • 7,696 teams
  • 77,000 students

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

  • 39,788 teams
  • 318,000 students

2019-2020 FIRST® LEGO® League Explore & Discover: Grades PreK-4 (ages 4-10) 

  • 32,733 teams 
  • 196,000 children

2020 FIRST Scholarship Program

  • Over $80 million in college, university, and technical program scholarships
  • 3,000 individual scholarship opportunities
  • 200+ scholarship providers 

2020 FIRST Volunteers & Sponsors

  • 320,000+ volunteer roles filled
  • FIRST sponsors include more than 200 of the Fortune 500 companies

updated September 2020