"Thank you for considering starting a FIRST team. You're on your way to join us in impacting students' lives and developing our skilled, future workforce."
"FIRST programs help students of all levels, interests, and abilities close the skills gap by offering hands-on, impactful learning. These are skills they will take with them, and build upon in their future. We are working to put FIRST programs in all of our schools." - Stacy Buckley Superintendent Newfound Area School District
"When my students are engaged, they are motivated to find solutions and work together. By implementing FIRST programs, they are taking initiative, collaborating, and learning other real-world skills, which they might not ordinarily do at that age. They learn how to fail as well as succeed through project-based learning. The robots teach the students to be better humans." - Jeff Dutton, Engineering/Tech Teacher at Merrimack Valley High School
It is hereby proclaimed that the New Hampshire School Boards Association values, promotes, and supports FIRST Robotics and their work supporting New Hampshire Students; and hereby encourages continued collaboration between FIRST robotics parents and local school boards; in furtherance of these values.
- Provides a cohesive and comprehensive progression of STEM programs that engage students from pre-school through high school.
- Forges the connection between classroom lessons and real-world application.
- Students experience STEM fields as future areas of study and career choices.
- Work side-by-side with mentors from a variety of backgrounds: education, industry, government.
- Committed to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.
- Get hands-on programming and rapid prototyping experience
- Apply the engineering process and learn to find the opportunity in failure.
- Gain access to over $80 million in FIRST dedicated college scholarships.
- Rise to the top in consideration for college admissions, internships, apprenticeships.
- Access to our alumni network with over 50 Alumni associations around the US and in many colleges.
K-12 FIRST programs
When are Competitions?
- List of NH competitions here
- It is not too late in the year to be starting a team, we have multiple competitions throughout the year.
- FIRST Lego League Jr (FLLjr): Multiple competitions throughout the year, with large exposition events in December and May.
- FIRST Lego League (FLL): Competition tournaments in November/December, with additional tournaments in May.
- FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) – Competition tournaments in January/February, with additional tournaments in May.
- FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) – Kicks off in January, competition tournaments in March/April, with other tournaments throughout the year.
Only One Application per School
- Each school can only submit one application, but each application can be for multiple teams and programs.
- Grant is available for both new and existing teams.
- Application must include sponsor commitment.
- Remember to include teacher stipends in your budgets.
Finding a Sponsor
- Size of commitment is not specified in the grant.
- We suggest a local company you would be proud to put on a T-shirt or robot.
- Contact us for more ideas.