Facts and Figures

F.I.R.S.T.

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  • For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology
  • Started 20 years ago by well known US inventor Dean Kamen
  • 2,100 high schools in 2011 (55,000 students in 13 countries) in 58 FIRST Robotics events; 17,100 middle school teams in FIRST LEGO League (171,000 students in 50 countries); 1,500 FIRST Tech teams; and 1,800 Junior FIRST LEGO League teams  - 250,000 students in total worldwide
  • Largest US sponsor is NASA along with many Fortune 500 companies
  • US $14 million in university scholarships available, including U. of Toronto and Waterloo
  • GTA event is one of  the largest regional events in all of FIRST
  • A unique partnership of business, government, universities and schools

FIRST  

Leadership 

Supporters

Programs 

FIRST Scholarship Program 

  • Nearly $15 million in college scholarships
  • 925+ individual offerings
  • 145+ scholarship providers 

Some Historical Stats – All Programs Combined (projected for the 2011/12 season) 

  • 294,000+ students
  • 26,900 teams
  • 24,300+ robots
  • 60,000+ Mentors/adult supporters
  • 30,000+ event Volunteers 

See breakdowns by individual program below (projections for 2011/12 season). 


2012 FIRST Robotics Competition

  • 2,400 teams
  • 60,000 high-school students (Grades 9-12)
  • 100+ Qualifying and Championship Tournaments
  • FIRST Robotics Competition Championship at the FIRST Championship in St. Louis, MO, April 25-28, 2012
  • Robots are built in 6 weeks from a common kit of parts provided by FIRST, and weigh up to 120 lbs. (excluding battery and bumpers) 

2011/12 FIRST Tech Challenge 

  • 2,100 teams
  • 21,000 high-school students (Grades 9-12)
  • FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship at the FIRST Championship in St. Louis, MO, April 25-28, 2012
  • Robots are built using a re-usable, modular robotics platform 

2011/12 FIRST LEGO League

  • 19,800 teams
  • 198,000 children, ages 9 to 16* (Grades 4-8)
  • From 50+ countries
  • 560 Qualifying Tournaments; 117 Championship Tournaments; 3 Open Championships
  • FIRST LEGO League World Festival at the FIRST Championship in St. Louis, MO, April 25-28, 2012
  • Autonomous robots are built using LEGO MINDSTORMS technologies 

*Ages 9 to 14 in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico


2011/12 Junior FIRST LEGO League

  • 2,600 teams
  • 15,600 kids, ages 6 to 9 (Grades K-3)
  • 80+ Jr.FLL Expos
  • Participants design and construct a model using LEGO bricks and moving parts and present their research journey on a poster