FIRST, NI Extend Cooperation to Accelerate STEM Education for the Next Generation of Engineering Problem Solvers

NI to Continue Donating roboRIO Controllers to New FIRST® Robotics Competition Teams Through May 2021

Get Your Voice Heard at FIRST Championship and Visit with DeejayKnight One Last Time

Apr 10, 2018 Written by Jamee Luce, Team Advocate, FIRST Robotics Competition

Find out how YOUR video can be seen at FIRST Championship, plus tune in with DeejayKnight one last time before Champs!

Work Hard, Don’t Give Up: Lessons Learned on the Road to FIRST Championship

Apr 10, 2018 By James and Josephine McGill, Coaches, FIRST LEGO League Team 25108 “Brainiac Maniacs,” Houston, Texas

1,400 FIRST teams from all over the world will soon descend on the cities of Houston and Detroit for the 2018 FIRST Championship Presented by Qualcomm® Incorporated. Read how a FIRST LEGO League team of Texas Girl Scouts overcame obstacles – and had fun along the way – to earn a spot in Houston.

FIRST Alum Spotlight: Elisa Moore

Apr 09, 2018 Written by Elisa Moore FIRST Alum

FIRST Alum Elisa Moore honed her leadership and humanities skills on FIRST Robotics Competition Team 4828 “RoboEagles”...

FIRST Scholarship Provider: Rice University

Apr 06, 2018 Written by FIRST Scholarship Provider Rice University

Rice University welcomes FIRST participants to Houston.

2018 FIRST Championship Layouts

Apr 05, 2018 Written by Toby Clarke, Program Manager, FIRST Robotics Competition.

Educator Events

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Regional FIRST Certified Professional Development

FIRST Certified Professional Development is a two-day learning experience that will provide teachers with all the tools they need to bring one of the FIRST programs to their classroom or as an extracurricular activity. Learn more.


  • Atlanta, Georgia – July 24-25 – North Springs Charter High School
  • Compton, California – August 6-7 – site TBD
  • Manchester, New Hampshire – August 21-22 – FIRST® Place

Educator Events at FIRST Championship

FIRST Championship Educator Summit: Invite Only
The 2018 FIRST Championship Educators Summit provided educators who may not be familiar with FIRST with a comprehensive overview. Key note speakers shared the impact of FIRST on their students and community. Presenters from FIRST shared information regarding educator resources, scholarships, available FIRST curriculum, how to start FIRST teams, a hands-on activity with LEGO Education, student led ambassador tours of the pits and competitive areas with a Q&A panel session with current coaches/mentors and student participants.
FIRST Championship Conferences:
The 2018 FIRST Championship Conferences will be held from April 18 - April 20 in Houston, TX and from April 25 - April 27 in Detroit, MI. They are free of charge and open to all.
Highlighted sessions:
  • Core Values: The Secret to Discovering Your Team's Mission and Vision - Houston | Detroit
  • Inspiring Success for All through “Super Strategies” - Houston | Detroit
  • Motivate! Do Not Teach-Motivation Leads to Ownership and Ownership Leads to Innovation - Detroit
  • STEMMing the Tide of Social Inequalities: Engaging At-Risk Students by Building a School and Community Around FIRST’s Principles - Detroit
  • The Henry Ford Model i - A Framework for Innovation Learning - Detroit
  • Use Design Thinking to Solve Problems - Detroit
  • FIRST Across the Elementary Curriculum - Houston
  • Youth Participation Needed: What does the Impact of FIRST Mean to You? - Houston

2019 FIRST Championship

Prepare to be inspired as you watch tens of thousands of students compete on the world stage at the FIRST® Championship presented by Qualcomm® Incorporated. With all the heart-pounding thrills and team spirit of a professional sporting event, FIRST uses robotics as the backbone for the “only sport where every kid can go pro.” Guided by mentors and STEM professionals, and supported by FIRST Sponsors, FIRST teams inspire kids in grades K-12 to explore the innovation process and build STEM and digital-literacy skills. Watch the exciting competitions and visit teams in the “pits.” We guarantee you will leave impressed.
Houston, TX April 17-20, 2019   |   Detroit, MI April 24-27, 2019





FIRST Announces Qualcomm’s Return as Presenting Sponsor for 2018 FIRST Championship Events in Houston and Detroit

Global Changemakers Unite in Support of Young Innovators, Creative Problem Solving, and Workforce Development at World’s Largest Celebration of STEM for Students

FIRST Scholarship Provider: Horizons

Mar 29, 2018 Written by FIRST Scholarship Provider Horizons

The Horizons Summer Internship Experience provides immersive software engineering courses geared towards high-achieving high school students, then we pair them with growing startups and companies to begin applying their skills. The program is for 7 weeks over summer 2018 and students need not have programming experience to apply!

How Are We Doing, DeejayKnight, and How to Tell if a Team is in Your Hotel

Mar 28, 2018 Written by Frank Merrick.

FIRST POWER UP results from Week 3, plus information about DeejayKnight's next visit to a FIRST team! And, you can always tell when you are staying in a FIRST hotel!