LIGHTS… CAMERA… STEAM! Kids have a natural curiosity, creativity, and desire to explore. At FIRST®, we understand the power of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) to inspire their innovative spirit and boost self-esteem.

Project-based, hands-on FIRST programs introduce students to engineering and coding in engaging, inclusive, and creative learning environments in schools and local communities, where students work collaboratively to solve an annual, themed robotics challenge.

FIRST is More Than Robots®. Our PreK-12 programs are designed to help all young people develop creative problem-solving, leadership, and communications skills. Supported by a network of mentors, educators, volunteers, sponsors, parents, and alumni in over 100 countries, the FIRST experience gives participants lasting inspiration and confidence to build a better future for themselves and their communities. The future is yours to create, so take the stage!

FIRST® Tech Challenge (ages 12-18) encourages teams to design, build, program, and engage in thrilling robotics competitions. Guided by adult coaches and mentors, students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles, while realizing the value of innovation and teamwork. The reusable robot kit can be coded using a variety of programming languages. With Gracious Professionalism®, students are encouraged to create team identities and be an ambassador for FIRST and STEM in their communities.

In the CENTERSTAGE℠ presented by RTX challenge, FIRST Tech Challenge teams will raise the curtain on the power of design, creativity, and precision to create all new experiences.


This season, our theme “AIM for the Future” is used to establish our team identity and provide encouragement 

A ASPIRE: Achieve goals by learning 

I INNOVATE: Use creativity and persistence to solve problems

M MOTIVATE: Encourage others to look towards the future