NYC FIRST inspires and empowers students from diverse communities across New York City to engage with STEM and robotics in meaningful and joyful ways. We create authentic learning experiences that encourage young people to think critically and creatively, and persevere. NYC FIRST is investing in New York City’s future by preparing the next generation of innovators and leaders.
STEM education opens doors to fulfilling learning experiences and careers, but too many of New York City’s youth don’t have access to engaging science, technology, engineering and mathematics resources. Without meaningful opportunities to discover and apply STEM, they don’t pursue it in school or professionally.
We make STEM education rigorous, fun and accessible through mentor-based robotics leagues and high-quality programs and resources in STEM Centers open to all young people across the five boroughs.
We combine the energy and teamwork of tournament competition with formal learning and advanced technology resources. Our expert teachers and adult mentors encourage young people to build on their strengths and challenge them to push the envelope of what’s possible.
We provide the spark that leads to a lifetime love of STEM. Every student who walks through our doors is instilled with the building blocks of confidence and character necessary to succeed in any field and career they choose.
All young New Yorkers deserve access to inspiring STEM education and the opportunities that come with it. Mentors, volunteers and supporters like you drive the work we do every day to create a future where STEM leaders reflect the diversity—and excellence—of our city.