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It’s time to be GAME CHANGERS

Project-based, hands-on FIRST® programs introduce students to engineering and coding/programming in an inclusive, creative, and hopeful environment where students work collaboratively to solve a yearly robotics challenge. Boosted by a global support system of mentors, educators, volunteers, sponsors, and alumni, our PreK-12 programs are designed to inspire innovation and help young people build a better future.

For centuries, sports have played an integral part in our culture. The FIRST community is building a culture that recognizes the athlete in each of us. This season, our programs represent the evolution of our sports and activities that make us physically and mentally strong. We’re teaming up with Disney and Lucasfilm for our 2020-2021 robotics season theme: FIRST® GAME CHANGERSSM, powered by Star Wars: Force for Change. It’s time to redefine the game and revolutionize the way we play and move. Explore our programs and join us on the field this season.

FIRST® LEGO® League introduces STEM to children through fun, exciting hands-on learning. Participants gain real-world problem-solving experiences through a guided, global robotics program, helping today’s students and teachers build a better future together. FIRST LEGO League’s three divisions inspire youth to experiment and grow their critical thinking, coding, and design skills through hands-on STEM learning and robotics centered around a yearly theme.

FIRST LEGO League Playmakers
FIRST LEGO League Discover Ages 4-6 FIRST LEGO League Explore Ages 6-10
Learn more about PLAYMAKERS
FIRST LEGO League Replay
FIRST LEGO League Challenge Ages 9-16* ages vary by country *Ages Vary by Country
Learn more about RePLAY
FIRST Tech Challenge Ultimate Goal
FIRST Tech Challenge Ages 12-18

FIRST® Tech Challenge teams work together to design, build, and program a robot to play a themed competition challenge by brainstorming innovative ideas, exploring advanced engineering concepts, and developing career-ready practices.

Learn more about ULTIMATE GOAL
FIRST Tech Challenge
FIRST Robotics Competition Infinite Recharge
FIRST Robotics Competition Ages 14-18

Under strict rules and limited time and resources, FIRST® Robotics Competition teams are challenged to create a team identity, raise funds, hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-sized robots to play a themed field game in an action-packed alliance format. It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get.

Learn more about INFINITE RECHARGE
FIRST Robotics Competition

The Walt Disney Company is committed to providing today’s youth with inspiration and opportunity through transformative programming and has been a proud supporter of the global PreK-12 nonprofit organization, FIRST, for over 20 years. For a second year, Lucasfilm and parent company Disney are excited to team up with FIRST to inspire the next generation of heroes and innovators as part of the Star Wars: Force for Change philanthropic initiative.

EXPERIENCE FIRST

FIRST combines the fun and excitement of traditional sports with the rigor of STEM learning and the inspiration that comes from community. For three decades, FIRST participants have developed self-confidence in STEM, meaningful relationships with mentors and friends, and valuable, real-world skills that open pathways and help young people build a better future. Our programs are proven to encourage students to pursue education and careers in STEM-related fields, but they also inspire kids to become leaders and innovators in any industry.

FIRST LEGO League Participants

 

FIRST LEGO League Participants

 

FIRST programs use strategies known to increase STEM interest among students in PreK-12, including a culminating celebration event where students can showcase what they created and learned. To address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re planning for the year ahead to ensure a quality, flexible FIRST program experience remains available for young people, when and where we’re needed. More details will be shared soon.

Gear Up with FIRST

The FIRST Store is your source for authentic FIRST merchandise made exclusively for the FIRST #STEMsquad. Choose from the newest gadgets, t-shirts, apparel, hats, backpacks, accessories, and fun gift ideas.

Gear up at the FIRST Store