Kids have a natural curiosity, creativity, and desire to explore. At FIRST®, we understand the power of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) to inspire their innovative spirit and boost self-esteem.
Project-based, hands-on FIRST programs introduce students to engineering and coding in engaging, inclusive, and creative learning environments in schools and local communities, where students work collaboratively to solve an annual, themed robotics challenge.
FIRST is More Than Robots®. Our PreK-12 programs are designed to help all young people develop creative problem-solving, leadership, and communications skills. Supported by a network of mentors, educators, volunteers, sponsors, parents, and alumni in over 100 countries, the FIRST experience gives participants lasting inspiration and confidence to build a better future for themselves and their communities.GET STARTED
Lights, camera, STEAM! Science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) inspire big ideas, bold action – and creativity. Our skills make it possible to create art and experiences that bring us together, entertain us, and move us.
During the 2023-2024 FIRST season, FIRST® IN SHOWSM presented by Qualcomm, we’re shining a spotlight on the role STEM plays in the arts and empowering young people to design and build a world of endless possibilities. The future is a place you will create.
FIRST® LEGO® League (ages 4-16, ages vary by division & country) 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 educators build a better future together. FIRST LEGO League’s three age-appropriate divisions inspire young people to experiment and grow their critical thinking, coding, and design skills through hands-on STEM learning and robotics.
In the MASTERPIECE℠ challenge, debuting August 1, 2023, FIRST LEGO League teams will imagine and innovate new ways to create and communicate art across the globe.
FIRST® Tech Challenge (ages 12-18) encourages teams to design, build, program, and engage in thrilling robotics competitions. Guided by adult coaches and mentors, students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles, while realizing the value of innovation and teamwork. The reusable robot kit can be coded using a variety of programming languages. With Gracious Professionalism®, students are encouraged to create team identities and be an ambassador for FIRST and STEM in their communities.
In the CENTERSTAGE℠ presented by RTX challenge, debuting September 9, 2023, FIRST Tech Challenge teams will raise the curtain on the power of design, creativity, and precision to create all new experiences.
Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of STEM, FIRST® Robotics Competition (ages 14-18) teams use sophisticated technology to build and program industrial-sized robots to play an action-packed, alliance-based game on a themed field. With professional mentors and sponsors, students learn engineering and problem-solving skills that they can apply to real-world situations today and in the future. Using Gracious Professionalism, each team creates a team identity, raises funds to meet its goals, and works to promote STEM in their community.
In CRESCENDO℠ presented by Haas, a new challenge debuting January 6, 2024, FIRST Robotics Competition teams will use their engineering skills and creative power to entertain and move the world.
The FIRST Store is your fan merch shop for authentic FIRST gear made exclusively to inspire and entertain the FIRST #STEMsquad. Shop for gadgets, t-shirts, apparel, hats, backpacks, accessories, and fun gift ideas.
FIRST events are made possible by volunteers who bring their skills and signature styles to inspire the imaginations and creativity of the next generation of leaders and innovators. Whether center stage or behind the scenes, find your role as a FIRST volunteer and help create the future with our global robotics community.
Giving to FIRST is an investment in our future innovators, creators, and leaders. FIRST donors and sponsors are dedicated to lifting up young people to change the world. Help inspire the next generation with our impact-proven programs.