FIRST works closely with research and academic organizations to provide tangible evidence of our impact on students’ education and career choices.

FIRST Longitudinal Study (updated: 4/11/14):

FIRST® and Brandeis University have launched a multi-year longitudinal study of three of FIRST’s major programs: FIRST® LEGO® League, FIRST® Tech Challenge and FIRST® Robotics Competition.  The goal of the study is to provide data on the long-term impacts of FIRST programs on key outcomes, including student interest in science and technology, college-going, STEM majors, STEM careers, and practical life and workplace skills (communications, teamwork, problem-solving, etc.).  The study is also designed to help answer questions about what elements of the FIRST program experience are particularly important.

Over the next five years, the study will track a sample of approximately 1000 FIRST program participants and a matched comparison group of non-FIRST students.  The data for the study comes from a combination of student, parent, and team leader surveys, as well as interviews and focus groups with study participants. Data collection is currently underway.

Junior FIRST LEGO League

An evaluation of the Jr.FLL Program is being conducted by The Research Group at The Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley.  The goal of the evaluation is to understand the impact of the Jr.FLL Program on youth participants and coaches.  Data collection began in the Fall 2013 and includes case studies of teams, surveys of youth, coaches, and parents, and observations and interviews at Expos.  Findings are expected in September, 2014.

For more information on FIRST Research and Evaluations, please contact Nancy Boyer, FIRST Research & Evaluations Manager at

For the report on how FIRST programs meet the education standards, please click here: 

FIRST Educational Standards Final Report

The following represents the most recent research conducted on FIRST programs. For full reports or more information on the studies listed below, please contact Nancy Boyer, FIRST Research & Evaluations Manager.

FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC)

FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC)


Junior FIRST LEGO League (FLL)