Funding FIRST ® in your school just got a little easier

FIRST & DonorsChoose Help Teachers in the United States Bring Accessible, Hands-on Robotics to their Students 

DonorsChoose makes it easy for public school teachers from all over the United States to request funding for their classrooms. Using the DonorsChoose 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 since 2016 in partnership with DonorsChoose partial funding is available for teachers creating DonorsChoose classroom projects that support FIRST programs.

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 crowdfunding model, this campaign will not fund 100 percent of any posted FIRST project. 

In addition to News Corp, FIRST sponsors like 3M, Bosch, Google, GM and others run campaigns throughout the school year that benefit FIRST teams. We partnered with Donorschoose to help fund your classroom and team materials through community donations with the boost of innovative sponsor-driven campaigns that occur throughout the year.

It’s always a good time to post your classroom project on Donorschoose.

Create your classroom project

To date, the NewsCorp Campaign has:

Impacted over 25,000 students

Supported 276 teachers

Given $221,000 to FIRST teachers

Served 266 schools

Fully funded 366 projects



Funding has helped cover the cost of important materials:

FIRST Program Materials 
LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 robot kits, LEGO® Education SPIKETM Prime, LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0 robot kits, LEGO® Education STEAM Park sets, LEGO® building sets from LEGO Education
Robot parts, tools, laptops, tablets, 3D printers,  REV, Pitsco and/or Andy Mark materials, and other related team materials

Be the first to find out when sponsor-driven funding for FIRST programs becomes available: