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Finding Funding for Your
FIRST® Team Just Got a Little Easier

News Corp & DonorsChoose.org are Helping Teachers in the U.S. Engage Students in Hands-On STEM Learning 

DonorsChoose.org makes it easy for public school teachers from all over the United States to request funding for projects. Teachers create classroom project requests, which are fulfilled by generous citizen donors as well as corporations and foundations. 

Through a generous donation from News Corp in partnership with DonorsChoose.org, partial funding is available to support FIRST programs that engage K-12 students in hands-on STEM learning. 

This funding opportunity is available for materials for new and existing teams for all FIRST programs*: 

FIRST Program Team Materials 
LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 robot kits, LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0 robot kits, LEGO® building sets from LEGO Education
Robot parts, tools, laptops, tablets, 3D printers,  Pitsco and/or Andy Mark materials, or any other related team materials


 *Please note: funding through this campaign does not cover the cost of team registration. 

Who is Eligible for Funding?

This opportunity is open to any educator in a public or public charter school located in the United States who is employed full time by the school or school district and works directly with students at least 75 percent of the time. In the spirit of the DonorsChoose.org crowdfunding model, this campaign will not fund 100 percent of any posted FIRST project. 

Priority for funding is given to registered FIRST teams, schools, and school districts that demonstrate and support Equity, Diversity & Inclusion efforts from FIRST.

Looking for more information about how to take advantage of this incredible partial funding opportunity? Keep reading for next steps!

Already Registered a FIRST Team?   

If you are a new or returning FIRST coach and have completed your team registration, you're ready to create your project on DonorsChoose.org. Simply click through the button below to get started.

Create your classroom project

Need to Register a FIRST Team? 

Participation in FIRST programs require the purchase of a season registration, as well as the materials needed to design, build, and program for season-specific robotic challenges. Priority for funding is given to registered FIRST teams, schools and districts. Follow the steps below to register your team:

  1. Register your team through the FIRST Registration System.
  2. Sign up for local events if you’re interested in participating/competing in a FIRST LEGO League Jr, FIRST LEGO League, or FIRST Tech Challenge event. Contact your Local Partner to register (In some regions, these events fill up quickly).

Register your team

Need More Information about FIRST Programs? 

FIRST participation is proven to encourage students to pursue education and careers in STEM-related fields and inspire them to become leaders and innovators. Through FIRST, students develop valuable, real-world skills applicable to all career choices and outcomes. During this 30th season of FIRST, more than 550,000 students from around the world will be exploring STEM concepts through space-themed challenges. We hope you'll join us.

Explore what FIRST is all about and request information about our life-changing K-12 programs.

Explore FIRST LAUNCH 2019