FIRST® Teams are Building a Better Future
FIRST® is a global robotics community of students, parents, educators, afterschool providers, and volunteers working to increase access to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programming for all students.
Through a suite of PreK-12 programs and the Build the Future powered by Star Wars: Force for Change initiative, students are empowered to not only think big, but to develop the skills needed to become tomorrow’s heroes, innovators, and forces for good. FIRST students are working together to create personal protection equipment for all, increase equitable access to STEM, develop adaptive devices for community members, and build an inclusive future where all can thrive.
Meet the FIRST students who are changing the world today, tomorrow, and beyond.
Spouting Social Impact Through
a Global Water Initiative
New York, USA
As part of our FIRST® LEGO® League project, we founded the nonprofit We Give Water in partnership with the UK-based eWaterPay to help address the global problem of clean water accessibility. To date, we’ve raised $55,000 to fund 40 sustainable water systems in The Gambia, which has given clean water access to an estimated 20,000+ people.
Providing Easily Accessible Curriculum for the Foundations of Coding
Team Rust in Piece
By facilitating inclusive and attainable experiences by diverse populations, we are better able to understand all the ways engineering can improve people's lives. The improvement of diversity in STEM benefits us all as a richer, more diverse set of viewpoints can be engaged in solving the world's problems through STEM.
Supporting STEM Access Throughout Eastern North Carolina and Beyond
Team Pitt Pirates
North Carolina, USA
We are building strong partnerships with our supporters, schools, and community, allowing us to improve initiatives, give back, and further use our abilities to be forces for change. There are always new opportunities in our community and old projects that can always be improved to better assist the future generations of STEM leaders.
More Than Robots on Disney+
More Than Robots follows four teams of teenagers from around the world as they prepare for the 2020 FIRST® Robotics Competition.
Get to know teams from Los Angeles, Mexico City and Chiba, Japan as they work towards the goal of taking their unique designs all the way to the highly competitive global championships. Although they are faced with overcoming challenges along the way, such as having limited resources within their community or putting everything on hold because of a world-wide pandemic, the kids persevere and learn that there is a lot more to the competition than just robots.
Help us a Build a Better Future
FIRST is the leading youth-serving nonprofit advancing STEM education and prepares young people for the future through a suite of engaging, hands-on robotics programs for PreK-12 (ages 4-18). Participants are developing the skills necessary to become the next generation of innovators, technology leaders, creative problem solvers, and forces for good in the world.
Together, we can build a better future for all generations. Be a force for good for yourself, your students, and your community — get involved with FIRST.
JOIN THE SEASON
For the 2022-2023 energy-themed season, students across the three age-appropriate programs will experiment and grow their critical thinking, coding, and design skills through hands-on STEM learning and robotics. Students can participate through in-class curriculum offerings or teams facilitated by parents, educators, and after-school providers.
FIRST & Disney: About Our Collaboration
For over three decades, FIRST has been building a movement to introduce millions of young people to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), preparing them for the future. And for more than 20 years, Disney has been a proud supporter of FIRST, providing today’s youth with inspiration, access, and opportunity through STEM. Through Build the Future powered by Star Wars: Force for Change, Disney, Lucasfilm, and FIRST are continuing to bring more hands-on learning opportunities to the next generation, empowering them to not only think big, but to develop the skills needed to become tomorrow’s heroes, innovators and forces for good.
As a FIRST Strategic Partner focused on reducing barriers to underrepresented, underserved youth, Disney and Lucasfilm, through the Star Wars: Force for Change philanthropic initiative, provide financial support as well as mentorship and storytelling opportunities to inspire, strengthen, and diversify interest in science and technology careers.
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