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Funding STEM Learning for FIRST® LEGO® League 

Start or help fund a FIRST® in-person or remote classroom project to inspire the next generation of innovators

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As the world’s leading youth-serving nonprofit advancing STEM education, FIRST® inspires young people to become science and technology leaders by engaging students in exciting robotics programs. Through FIRST® LEGO® League, children ages 4-14 are introduced to the fundamentals of STEM, inspiring students to experiment and grow their critical thinking, coding, and design skills. More than ever, all students should have the opportunity to explore the wonders of science and technology – regardless of how or where their education takes place this year.  
Now, our teachers need the tools and resources to deliver FIRST LEGO League - whether learning is taking place in-person or remotely - and inspire the next generation of creative thinkers and problem solvers.
That’s why we’re proud to collaborate with Disney to support our teachers and provide opportunities for youth to access life-changing robotics programs for all classroom environments. Through the generous support of Disney, FIRST is matching contributions to fund FIRST LEGO League projects and ensure students of all backgrounds and in communities everywhere can experience the rigor and excitement of hands-on robotics learning.
For more information on FIRST, its programs, and impact, please visit firstinspires.org.


Who is eligible for funding:

Full-time educators and school district employees in the United States from public or charter schools, Head Start Centers, or Bureau of Indian Education Schools who work directly with students at least 75 percent of the time can create a project funding request on DonorsChoose.org. Classroom projects are then fulfilled by generous citizen donors and will be matched by FIRST. Existing and non-FIRST affiliated teachers are eligible as well as in-person and remote classrooms. 


Create your project:

Eligible teachers can create projects for additional FIRST LEGO League materials to help provide more students with access to robotics lessons in remote and blended learning environments. To qualify for match funding, teachers will need their FIRST LEGO League team or Class Pack Account number, which can be found by visiting the FIRST Dashboard
Scroll down for more information about the FIRST LEGO League divisions, essential program materials, and if you're new to FIRST, instructions on how to get started.
Create your project on DonorsChoose




Fund a FIRST project: 

Teachers across the country are looking for generous supporters to help fund their STEM classroom projects and bring new ways of learning to their students. When you donate to fund a FIRST LEGO League project on DonorsChoose, you help foster new ways of thinking and open a world of possibilities for students by introducing them to the endless opportunities in the world of STEM. Through the generous support of Disney, FIRST is matching your contributions to fund these classroom projects.
Visit the FIRST DonorsChoose page today to fund a classroom project and help teachers inspire student innovators across the country.



About FIRST LEGO League

Three student divisions full of fun, STEM learning, and social-emotional skill development



Grades PreK-1 | Ages 4-6


Discover is designed for 30+ children ages 4-6 in a classroom or structured after-school program. This playful introductory STEM program ignites their natural curiosity and builds their habits of learning with hands-on activities in the classroom and at home using LEGO® DUPLO® bricks.

Essential Program Elements

  • LEGO Education STEAM Park Set



Grades 2-4 | Ages 6-10


In Explore, teams of students ages 6-10 focus on the fundamentals of engineering as they explore real-world problems, learn to design and code, and create unique solutions made with LEGO® bricks and powered by LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0.

Explore is available as an individual team option, or for 30+ children in a classroom or structured after-school program.

Essential Program Elements

  • LEGO Education WeDo 2.0 Core Set


Grades 4-8 | Ages 9-14


Friendly competition is at the heart of Challenge, as teams of students ages 9-16* engage in research, problem-solving, coding, and engineering – building and programming a LEGO robot that navigates the missions of a robot game.
Challenge is available as an individual team option, or for 30+ children in a classroom or structured after-school program.

Essential Program Elements

  • LEGO Education SPIKE Prime Set
  • LEGO Education SPIKE Prime Expansion Set
  • LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 Core Set
  • LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 Expansion Set