Fifty Percent of America’s Best High Schools Participate in the FIRST® Robotics Competition

According to Brandeis University’s Center for Youth and Communities, FIRST students are:

  • More than three times as likely to major specifically in engineering;
  • Roughly 10 times as likely to have had an apprenticeship, internship, or co-op job in their freshman year;
  • Significantly more likely to expect to achieve a post graduate degree;
  • More than twice as likely to expect to pursue a career in science and technology;
  • Nearly four times as likely to expect to pursue a career specifically in engineering; and
  • More than twice as likely to volunteer in their communities.

About FIRST®

Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from three out of every five Fortune 500 companies and nearly $15 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC® ) and FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC® ) for high-school students, FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL® ) for 9 to 14-year-olds, (9 to 16-year-olds outside the U.S., Canada, and Mexico) and Junior FIRST® LEGO® League (Jr.FLL®) for 6 to 9-year-olds. Gracious Professionalism® is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.usfirst.org.

FIRST® and the FIRST® logo are registered trademarks of the United States Foundation For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST). LEGO® is a registered trademark of The LEGO Group.



Contact:

FIRST®
Libby Kamen, 603-666-3906 x330
Email Contact
or
Shana Benzinane, 603-206-2482
Email Contact



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