With over 515,000 students on 59,000 teams and over $70 million in scholarship opportunities, FIRST is leading the charge to inspire the next generation interested in science and technology. The organization runs 2,900 events in over 80 countries such as LEGO League, Tech Challenge, and FIRST Robotics Competition.

The impact of such programs is substantial, as first time participants are over two times as likely to show gains in their interest in STEM. 87% of participants even plan to take a more challenging math or science course. The longer students stay in the program the more their STEM knowledge grows. Alumni of FIRST are 2.6 times more likely to enroll in an engineering course their freshman year. Over 75% of FIRST alumni are in stem fields as a student or professional.

Acquire Automation is proud to support FIRST programs. Our team will be donating $1 to FIRST for every badge scanned at our booth, S37150, on May 7 at the NPE 2018 show (up to a total of $500). For more information on other ways you can support FIRST visit www.firstinspires.org and click “Ways to Help.”