FIRST Fast Facts

FIRST – For Inspiration and Recognition of Science And Technology


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Founded 1989

Headquartered in Manchester, NH

501(c)(3) public charity

FIRST Financial Information

Leadership


Dean Kamen, Founder

Sheri S. McCoy and Robert M. Tuttle, Co-Chairs

Don Bossi, President

Board of Directors & Senior Management

Supporters


Volunteers make FIRST happen -180,000+ Volunteer roles are expected to be filled this season

FIRST is supported by a network of more than 3,500 Sponsors, including corporations, educational and professional institutions, and individuals

Programs


FIRST Robotics Competition for Grades 9-12

FIRST Tech Challenge for Grades 7-12

FIRST LEGO League for Grades 4-8

Junior FIRST LEGO League for Grades K-3

FIRST Scholarship Program


$30 million in available college scholarships

900+ scholarship opportunities

180+ scholarship providers

Overall Reach – All Programs Combined (projected for the 2014/15 season)

400,000+ students

39,200+ teams

34,000+ robots

90,000+ Mentors/adult supporter roles filled

90,000+ other Volunteer roles filled (e.g. event Volunteers, Affiliate Partners, VISTAs)

See breakdowns by individual program below (worldwide projections for 2016/17 season).


2017 FIRST Robotics Competition (projected)

4,400+ teams

75,000 high-school students (Grades 9-12)

56 Regional Events; 5 Qualifying Championships; 48 Qualifying (District) Competitions

FIRST Robotics Competition Championships at the FIRST Championships in Houston, April 19-22, 2017 & St. Louis, MO, April 26-29, 2017

Robots are built in 6 weeks from a common kit of parts provided by FIRST, and typically weigh approximately 120 lbs.


2016/17 FIRST Tech Challenge  (projected)

4,200+ teams

44,500 students (Grades 7-12)

300+ Meets, League Championships, Qualifying Tournaments, Championship Tournaments, and Super-Regional Championship Tournaments

FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship at the FIRST Championships in Houston, April 19-22, 2017 & St. Louis, MO, April 26-29, 2017

Robots are built using a re-usable, modular robotics platform


2016/17 FIRST LEGO League (projected)

17,000+ teams

267,000+ children (Grades 4-8)

From over 80 countries

1,165 Qualifying Tournaments; 136 Championship Tournaments

FIRST LEGO League World Festival at the FIRST Championships in Houston, April 19-22, 2017 & St. Louis, MO, April 26-29, 2017

Autonomous robots are built using LEGO MINDSTORMS technologies

Teams develop research projects based on a real-world challenge that changes annually


2016/17 Junior FIRST LEGO League (projected)

3,400+ teams

27,000+ kids (Grades K-3)

100+ Jr.FLL Expos

Junior FIRST LEGO League World Festival Expo at the FIRST Championships in Houston, April 19-22, 2017 & St. Louis, MO, April 26-29, 2017

Participants design and construct a model using LEGO elements and moving parts and present their research journey on a poster