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About FIRST® 


FIRST® is a robotics community that prepares young people for the future through a suite of inclusive, team-based robotics programs for ages 4-18 (grades PreK-12) that can be facilitated in school or in structured after-school programs. 

As the world’s leading youth-serving nonprofit advancing STEM education, FIRST merges the rigor of STEM learning with the fun and excitement of traditional sports through an expanded team structure. For over 30 years, FIRST has fostered hands-on STEM learning, interest, and skill-building well beyond high school.

Encouraged by a global support system of FIRST partners, coaches, mentors, volunteers, alumni and sponsors, students from all walks of life develop self-confidence in STEM and valuable, real-world skills – such as digital literacy, teamwork, leadership, creative problem solving, and project management.

The FIRST experience inspires young people to channel their raw curiosity, leading to an increase in student engagement, excitement within an inclusive and diverse community, continued interest in technical careers, gains across core subjects, and practical applications for hands-on learning.

Whether it’s finding their people or finding their path, students will gain the skills and confidence with FIRST to forge ahead and build their future.

FIRST prepares students for the future by:

  • Inspiring their raw curiosity and critical thinking
  • Applying learning concepts from the classroom to real-world applications
  • Creating environments where they can work within a diverse, inclusive, and equitable community
  • Nurturing a lifelong love of learning, critical to perseverance in an ever-changing workforce