building 3FIRST® 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?

A decade of data and research shows that exposing young people to FIRST programs builds real-life skills that will help them solve real-world problems - and greatly increases their motivation to seek education and careers in STEM fields.

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


If you'd like to join us as a sponsor, volunteer, or to bring FIRST ® to your school...

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