First Launch 2019 * All Systems Go First Launch 2019 * All Systems Go

FIRST students celebrating at robotics event

For 30 years, FIRST® has inspired millions of young people to reach for the stars.

Project-based, hands-on FIRST programs introduce students to coding, programming, and engineering in an environment where students work collaboratively to solve a yearly robotics challenge. Explore K-12 programs designed to inspire the next generation of innovators, technology leaders, and changemakers here on Earth – and beyond.

Creating Explorers

Starting in September, FIRST® Tech Challenge teams of up to 15 students explore the possibilities of STEM through designing, building, programming, and operating robots to play a competition challenge in an alliance format.

Making an Impact

FIRST is More Than RobotsSM. 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. 

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