FIRST® programs have been shown to lead to increased interest in STEM — which means more students with a desire to attend college and pursue a STEM career. That's good news.
According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, STEM occupations are projected to grow by 17 percent from 2008-2018, while non-STEM occupations are expected to grow by 8 percent during that same period in the U.S..
Given these statistics — as well as the number of graduates and future employees on the horizon — pursuing a career in the STEM fields just makes good sense.
FIRST programs directly impact employers, employees, and the community at large by providing a future workforce knowledgeable in critical life and work-related skills, building confidence and the aptitude for collaboration, while advancing goodwill in the community.
Does FIRST Really Make a Difference?
More Interested in Doing Well in School
87% FIRST Lego League
86% FIRST Tech Challenge
88% FIRST Robotics Competition
More Interested in Going to College
88% FIRST Lego League
87% FIRST Tech Challenge
91% FIRST Robotics Competition
Plan to take a more challenging math or science course
84% FIRST Tech Challenge
90% FIRST Robotics Competition
FIRST Participants Majoring in STEM
2x as likely to major in science or engineering
41% participating major in engineering
33% of women major in engineering
FIRST Participants in the 21st Century Workforce
75% Alumni in a STEM field (student or professional)
98% Improved problem solving skills
95% Increased time management skills
93% Increased conflict resolution skills
76% Strengthened communication skills
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