FIRST Robotics: How an Afterschool STEM Program That's Grown to Inspire More Than 530,000 Students a Year Is Now Being Used to Shape Curriculum in the Classroom

June 24, 2018

When FIRST originally launched 30 years ago as an afterschool robotics activity for high schoolers, the STEM movement was a nascent affair and such concepts as “makerspaces” and “hands-on experiential learning” had yet to take root. But as these movements found traction, FIRST has been there to add even more wind to the sails, using focused short-term robotics competitions and electrifying national championships to capture both the imaginations of K-12 students and the interests of instructors.