Access to STEM
For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology
Established in 1989
Mission Statement: The mission of FIRST® is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.
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Impacts & Achievements:
Some of the highlights
CEO Salary: 0.48% of expenses
FIRST participants are over 2X as likely to show gains in an interest in STEM and 87% of participants plan to take a more challenging math or science course.
On a global scale, FIRST engages with 515,000+ students, 59,000 teams, has created over 44,700 robots, has 150,000+ mentors and coaches, and another 105,000+ volunteers available to promote STEM
FIRST has also given over $50 million in college scholarships as well as offered over 2,000 individual scholarship opportunities and established connections with nearly 200 scholarship providers.
How FIRST is making a difference
First LEGO League Jr.
Designed to introduce STEM concepts to children ages 6 to 10 while exciting them through a brand they know and love LEGO®
First LEGO League
Tomorrow’s innovators practice imaginative thinking and teamwork, guided by two or more adult coaches. FIRST LEGO League teams research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc., and are challenged to develop a solution. They also must design, build, program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS®, then compete on a table-top playing field
First Tech Challenge
First Tech Challenge teams are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format.
First Robotics Competition
First Robotics Competition combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. High-school student participants call this program “the hardest fun you’ll ever have.”