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

Announcement 

As a result of the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the current FIRST season has been suspended, including the remaining FIRST events in California. Both Championship events have been canceled.  Please see the March 12, 2020 notice from FIRST.

 This is out of an abundance of caution, and with the health and safety of our FIRST community and surrounding communities in mind. 

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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 Jr.

Captures young curiosity by exploring real-world scientific challenges, learning teamwork, and working with motorized LEGO® elements

FIRST LEGO League

Elementary and middle school-aged students research a real-world engineering challenge, develop a solution, and compete with LEGO-based robots of their own design

FIRST Tech Challenge

Teams of middle and high school-aged students are challenged to design, build, and program a robot to play a floor game against other teams’ creations

FIRST Robotics Competition

High school-aged teams compete head to head on a special playing field with robots they have designed, built, and programmed

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IN 110+ COUNTRIES

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2019-2020 SEASON THEME

FIRST RISE powered by Star Wars: Force for Change

This year’s theme spans across all four programs and sets out to inspire citizens of the galaxy to work together, strengthen and protect the Force that binds us and create a place where collaboration and collective wisdom can elevate new ideas and foster growth.

"“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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