Our Impact

Purdue FIRST Programs has experienced significant growth since its inception. Our impact as also continued to grow, such that we have emerged as a recognized leader in K-12 robotics mentoring at both state and national levels.

Impact: K‐12 Students

  • Inspiration to pursue academic and career paths in STEM fields
  • A fun, competitive, and safe learning environment
  • Students learn design process, teamwork, as well as business and communication skills

Impact: Purdue FIRST Mentors

  • Valuable leadership training that readily transfers to work environment
  • Experiential learning and community service opportunities
  • Gain broad set of skills that employers are seek in competitive hiring atmosphere

Impact: Purdue University

  • Regional competition brings over 2,300 students, and parents, stakeholders to the Purdue campus
  • Coordinated recruitment efforts and campus tours generate interest in all things Purdue
  • Boilermaker Regional Scholarships (over $36,000 awarded) encourage students to attend Purdue
  • K-12 Indiana teachers attended professional development workshops
  • Lab/campus tours are conducted during the competition which highlight additional research and learning opportunities

Impact: Indiana and the Community

  • K-12 students who participate in FIRST are (from 2002 Brandeis Study):
  • More than 3 times as likely to major specifically in engineering.
  • Roughly 10 times as likely to have had an apprenticeship, internship, or co‐op job in their freshman year.
  • Significantly more likely to expect to achieve a post graduate degree.
  • More than twice as likely to expect to pursue a career in science and technology.
  • Nearly 4 times as likely to expect to pursue a career specifically in engineering.
  • More than twice as likely to volunteer in their communities.