What is FIRST

FIRST ® is the world's #1 child-serving nonprofit, advancing STEM education outcomes and the development of 21st Century life skills. Over the past 25 years, millions of young people from across the globe have completed FIRST programs, changing the world by becoming the new generation of innovators, problem-solvers, and technology leaders. This legacy and opportunity is as strong and dynamic as ever. This year alone the FIRST movement is 1 million men and women strong. FIRST creates the people who will change the world – today and tomorrow.

Participants call it the hardest fun youll ever have!

Guided by adult Coaches and Mentors, students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles, while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and sharing ideas.

Teams also must raise funds, design and market their team brand, and do community outreach for which they can win awards.

Participants have access to tens of millions of dollars in college scholarships.

Each season concludes with regional Championships and an exciting FIRST Championship.

FIRST teams get to:

Design, build, and program robots
Apply real-world math and science concepts
Compete for awards on and off the field
Build and become strong leaders
Understand and practice Gracious Professionalism
Cooperate and compete in alliances at tournaments
Participate in a tiered competition that culminates at the FIRST Championship
Develop problem-solving, collaboration, and team-building skills
Qualify for over $50 million in college scholarships

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

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