FIRST® Robotics is an internationally acclaimed robotics program that inspires a passion for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths in young people.

Founded in the USA in 1989, FIRST® Australia was established at Macquarie University in 2006. Since then, FIRST® Australia has partnered with schools and universities across Australia with teams and competitions held in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.

Australian teams have enjoyed remarkable success attending the FIRST® World Championship Tournament each year from 2006 to 2014.

Worldwide there are 32,600 teams made up of 350,000+ students from nearly 80 countries. 64,000+ Mentors and 66,000+ event Volunteers and Affiliate Partners donate their time to makeFIRST® possible.

For more information, please visit www.firstinspires.org!

All numbers are projected for the 2019-2020 season. 

Global Reach 

  • 660,000 students
  • 79,000 teams
  • 51,000 robots created
  • 300,000+ mentor, coach, judge, and volunteer roles

2020 FIRST® Robotics Competition: Grades 9-12 (ages 14-18)

  • 4,000 teams
  • 100,000 students (Ages 14-18; Grades 9-12)
  • Representing 35 countries

2019-2020 FIRST® Tech Challenge: Grades 7-12 (ages 12-18)

  • 8,000 teams
  • 80,000 students (Ages 12-18; Grades 7-12)
  • Representing 35+ countries

2019-2020 FIRST® LEGO® League: Grades 4-8 (ages 9-16; age varies by country)

  • 39,000 teams
  • 312,000 students, (Ages 9-16*; Grades 4-8)
  • Representing 100+ countries

*Ages vary by country

2019-2020 FIRST® LEGO® League Jr.: Grades K-4 (ages 6-10)

  • 28,000 teams
  • 168,000 children (Ages 6-10; Grades K-4)
  • Representing 70+ countries

2020 FIRST Scholarship Program

  • Over $80 million in college, university, and technical program scholarships
  • 3,500+ individual scholarship opportunities
  • Nearly 200 scholarship providers

2020 FIRST Volunteers & Sponsors

  • 300,000+ volunteer roles filled
  • FIRST sponsors include more than 200 of the Fortune 500 companies

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