FIRST® Robotics

FIRST Robotics students

Inspiring innovation in new generations

FIRST® Robotics teaches young people science, engineering and technology skills while instilling the confidence to become tomorrow’s innovators. We support their mentor-based programs that offer exciting, team-based challenges where students research, design, build and more.

Inspiring innovation and fostering well-rounded life capabilities

Dow and FIRST® Robotics have been strategic partners since 2014. Our values and ambition align with the hands-on experiences youth gain from FIRST® Robotics and the program’s focus on inclusion. Dow funding allows FIRST to directly reach 36,000 students in 26 Dow communities.

Challenges and competitions

a robot in competition

FIRST® Robotics Competition

The hardest fun you’ll have

The Ultimate Sport for the Mind™, FIRST® Robotics Competition combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. It’s as close to real engineering as a high schooler can get.

a robot in competition

FIRST® Tech Challenge

Code, design, compete

FIRST® Tech Challenge students learn to think like engineers as they design, build and program robots that compete in an alliance format. The event also cultivates—and rewards—life skills like community outreach. 

a LEGO robot in competition


Building blocks for imagination

FIRST® LEGO® League engages young students in engineering via the familiar interlocking blocks. Teams build LEGO-based robots, get guidance from coaches and learn to make positive contributions to society.

More ways we create social impact

Grants and investments
We help accelerate positive change through grants and gift-in-kind donations, collaborations with non-profits and other partners, and supporting our team through volunteer and community efforts.
Looking for a grant?
Dow offers all kinds of grants to help support long-term social, economic and environmental health in Dow communities. If you would like to learn more, we’d be happy to inform you.

See the results of our ambition in action

2023 INtersections Report: Community