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FIRST® Championship

For back-to-back weeks in April 2018, a record 70,000 people traveled to Houston and Detroit to celebrate inspiring young innovators, leaders, and changemakers at the 2018 FIRST® Championship presented by Qualcomm® Incorporated. The world’s largest celebration of STEM for students included 30,000+ students from 74 countries, supported by 6,000+ coaches/mentors and 2,400+ volunteers and cheered on by 30,000+ sponsors and spectators.
 

We hope you’ll join us next season for a celebration of space innovation and STEM inspiration, culminating with the 2019 FIRST Championship in Houston (April 17-20, 2019) and Detroit (April 24-27, 2019).

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2018 FIRST ® Championship At A Glance

Youth
30,000
Youth
Attendees
70,000
ATTENDEES
Teams
1,400
TEAMS
Countries
70
COUNTRIES
Volunteers
2,400
VOLUNTEERS


FIRST Championship Wrap Video



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FIRST Impact

Internal and external studies are conducted to assess impact on youth participants including understanding changes in STEM interest and intent, education achievement, post-high school plans, career intent and outcomes related to 21st century work skills, as a result of participating in FIRST.

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