Finding Funding for Your
FIRST ® Team Just Got a Little Easier

News Corp & DonorsChoose.org Help Teachers in the U.S. Engage Students in Hands-On STEM Learning 

DonorsChoose.org makes it easy for public school teachers from all over the United States to request funding for their classrooms. Using the DonorsChoose.org platform, teachers create classroom project requests, which are then fulfilled by generous citizen donors as well as corporations and foundations. 

Through a generous donation from News Corp in partnership with DonorsChoose.org, partial funding will be available in spring 2019 for teachers creating DonorsChoose.org classroom projects that support FIRST programs.

To date, the NewsCorp Campaign has:

Impacted over 22,000 students

Supported 238 teachers

Served 229 schools

Fully funded 309 projects

Partially funded 1,374 projects

Given $200,000 to FIRST teams

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Previous funding has covered the cost of materials for new and existing teams for all FIRST programs

FIRST Program
(click to learn more about the yearly challenges)
Team Materials 
LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 robot kits, LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0 robot kits, LEGO® building sets from LEGO Education
Robot parts, tools, laptops, tablets, 3D printers,  Pitsco and/or Andy Mark materials, or any other related team materials

Eligibility Guidelines

This opportunity will be open to any educator in a public or public charter school located in the United States who is employed full time by the school or school district and works directly with students at least 75 percent of the time. In the spirit of the DonorsChoose.org crowdfunding model, this campaign will not fund 100 percent of any posted FIRST project. 

Priority for funding will be given to registered FIRST teams, schools, and school districts that demonstrate and support Equity, Diversity & Inclusion efforts from FIRST.

Learn More About FIRST Programs 

FIRST participation is proven to encourage students to pursue education and careers in STEM-related fields and inspire them to become leaders and innovators. Through FIRST, students develop valuable, real-world skills applicable to all career choices and outcomes. 

During this 30th season of FIRST, more than 550,000 students from around the world will be exploring STEM concepts through space-themed challenges. We hope you'll join us.

Explore what FIRST is all about and request information about our life-changing K-12 programs.

Explore FIRST LAUNCH 2019


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