Young people gain the skills and knowledge to fill one of the more than two million STEM-related
positions available in the U.S. today. Sponsors benefit by finding future employees and interns.
Mentors benefit from renewed inspiration and a reminder as to why they chose science, technology,
engineering, and math (STEM) as a career. Volunteers are recognized as an integral and vital part of
the way in which young people connect to the real world, in their own communities and in the world at
A 2005 Brandeis University evaluation of FIRST participants primarily from urban and low-income
schools found that, compared to a group of students with similar backgrounds in high school math and
science, FRC participants were:
Nearly twice as likely to major in science or engineering (55 percent vs. 28 percent).
More than three times as likely to major specifically in engineering (41 percent vs. 13 percent),
and they majored in engineering at roughly seven times the average among US college students
More than twice as likely to expect to have a science or technology-related career after college (45
percent vs. 20 percent).