As we work as a community to prepare young people for a STEM future, FIRST aims to ensure its programs are having a lasting, positive impact on participants across all demographic groups. Our rigorous multi-year longitudinal study, conducted by Brandeis University Center for Youth and Communities, provides strong evidence that participation in FIRST does just that. Even with just one year of FIRST participation, study participants are 23xs more likely to have gains in STEM outcomes than a comparison group of peers not participating in FIRST.
Global Reach Our Partnership with Brandeis University Research proves FIRST ® drives STEM engagement and outcomes Powered by a mission-driven global robotics community and evidence-based programs designed to ignite curiosity and encourage exploration, FIRST® prepares young people for the future. Supported by adult coaches, mentors, educators, volunteers, sponsors, and alumni, FIRST offers a progressive series of team robotics challenges for students aged 6-18. FIRST programs are designed with hands-on, real-world experiences known to increase interest and engagement in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and inspire today’s kids to build tomorrow’s leaders. Research shows FIRST is advancing its mission to increase the number of students interested in STEM — and that interest is influencing their educational and career choices. Since 1989, FIRST programs have had a global reach with profound impacts on students of all ages around the world. FIRST is partnering with Brandeis University to conduct a multi-year longitudinal study measuring STEM-related impacts. Ages 6-10 (Grades K-4) Ages 9-16* (Grades 4-8) Ages 12-18 (Grades 7-12) Ages 14-18 (Grades 9-12) *Ages vary by country IN 2019…
Impact of First Programs, a Study conducted by Brandeis University Center for Youth and Communities
• Over 575,000 students reached.
• Over 300,000 mentors, coaches, judges, and volunteers.
• Over 20 million volunteer hours.
• 51,000 robots created.
• Over 80 million dollars in scholarships available. The study included 822 FIRST students and 451 comparison group students. The comparison group included students who did not participate in FIRST programs, but were enrolled in science and technology classes at the same schools. All students received a baseline survey and follow-up surveys each year. OVERALL, 79% OF STUDENTS REMAINED IN THE STUDY AT YEAR FIVE.