For Inspiration and Recognition of Science & Technology (FIRST®) is a national and international nonprofit organization that seeks to support learning and positive attitudes toward Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) subjects, as well as to enhance 21st-century skills such as teamwork, cooperation, and critical thinking. To achieve these goals, FIRST offers four engineering and technology programs for youth, ranging from K through grade 12: FIRST® LEGO® League Jr., FIRST® LEGO® League, FIRST® Technology Challenge, and FIRST® Robotics Competition.

The Research Group has served as an evaluation partner to FIRST since 2012. Through this partnership, we have examined the implementation and outcomes of numerous FIRST programs and initiatives. Most recently, we completed a three-year study of the FIRST LEGO League Jr. Season Pass Model—an effort to broaden participation in its programs by reducing registration costs for larger, primarily school-based sites. The evaluation examined the implementation and outcomes of the Season Pass Model in institutions in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. Season Pass Model Evaluation – Final Report (PDF, 1.7MB)