The World’s Leading Youth Serving Non-Profit Advancing STEM Education

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INSPIRING YOUNG PEOPLE FOR 30+ YEARS

FIRST inspires young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, as well as well rounded contributors to society, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based, research and robotics programs.

Build science, engineering, and technology skills

Inspire innovation

Foster self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

MORE THAN ROBOTS.

“The robots are a vehicle for students to learn important life skills.

Kids often come in not knowing what to expect – of the program nor of themselves. They leave with a vision, with confidence and with a sense that they can create their own future.”

– FOUNDER, DEAN KAMEN

Programs

Pre K – 12 STEM PROGRAMS

FIRST LEGO League

FIRST LEGO League introduces STEM to children ages 4-16 through fun, exciting hands-on learning.

Participants gain real-world problem-solving experiences through a guided, global robotics program, helping today’s students and teachers build a better future together. FIRST LEGO League’s three divisions inspire youth to experiment and grow their critical thinking, coding, and design skills through hands-on STEM learning and robotics.

FIRST Tech Challenge

FIRST Tech Challenge students learn to think like engineers.

Teams design, build, and program robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. Robots are built from a reusable platform, powered by android technology, and can be coded using a variety of levels of Java-based programming.

FIRST Robotics Competition

FIRST Robotics Competition teams design, program, and build a robot starting with a standard kit of parts and common set of rules to play in a themed head-to-head challenge.

Teams also build a brand, develop community partnerships for support, and work to promote STEM in their local community.

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IN 110+ COUNTRIES

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2021 – 2022 SEASON THEME

FIRST ENERGIZE presented by Qualcomm

This is the moment to get energized to innovate. From the machines that move us to the food that sustains us to the wireless technologies that connect us, energy plays an essential role in keeping our world running. During our 2022-2023 robotics season, FIRST® ENERGIZE℠ presented by Qualcomm, our teams will reimagine the future of sustainable energy and power their ideas forward. Innovation can’t wait.

"“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.”

- Franklin D. Roosevelt

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