FIRST invests in evaluation to continuously measure and inform the organization about its effectiveness in reaching its desired outcomes and making data-driven decisions to improve programs. FIRST conducts internal and external studies to assess the 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. The infographic below summarizes our program impact. Highlights include:
  • Substantial increase in STEM Interest: 87% of participants plan to take a more challenging math or science course
  • Ready for a Career in STEM: FIRST Alumni are 2.6 times more likely to enrol in an engineering course their freshman year
  • Gains in Workforce Skills: 95% of students reported gains in Time Management

Check out the full infographic in PDF.
Please visit the Resource Library to view all FIRST impact studies.