FIRST® Robotics’ mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills. These programs inspire innovation and foster well-rounded life capabilities, including self-confidence, communication and leadership.
At Dow, we value the hands-on experiences youth can gain from FIRST® Robotics programs. As a key component available through the FIRST® robotics grant, the younger generation can be engaged and excited about STEM youth programs. Additionally, FIRST®’s focus on diversity, equity and inclusion supports our Company’s ambition.
We have been a strategic partner with FIRST® and STEM robotics since 2014. To date, we have supported more than 200 teams across nine different countries, with many teams mentored by Dow employees.
If you are in a Dow community and would like to apply for a FIRST® robotics grant, please submit your application:
The Ultimate Sport for the Mind™, FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC) combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. High-school student participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have.” Under strict rules, limited time and resources, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. It’s made possible by the FIRST® robotics grant and is as close to real-world engineering as a student can get.
FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC) students learn to think like engineers. Teams are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and is programmed using a variety of languages. Teams, including coaches, mentors and volunteers, are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles. Awards are given for the competition as well as for community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments.
FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL), including subcategories Discover, Explore and Challenge, introduces younger students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FLL teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society.