FIRST is more than robots.

The robots are a vehicle for students to learn important life skills.

Kids often come in not knowing what to expect - of the program nor of themselves.

They leave, even after the first season, with a vision, with confidence, with a sense that they can create their own future.

- Dean Kamen

from the year 1992

"There's an obvious Skills gap in the workplace."


"we need to transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders."

after 25 years, the stem skills gap is still a problem that needs to be solved.


so, why haven't things improved?

Hypothesis #1

growth in stem fields are faster than anticipated.

[we can't directly influence this]

Hypothesis #2

FIRST & STEM Programs have had an insufficient impact.

we can influence this!

Hypothesis #3

employers don't have easy access to the talent network.

we can influence this!




Charger Robotics develops a fun, inclusive community of experiential learners who are driven to solve complex challenges in a competitive environment while practicing skills valuable for careers of the future.



challenges us

Charger Robotics will set the standard for how STEM clubs and FIRST organizations prepare leaders to solve the technical challenges of the future.



unite us

Improving our world

Building marketable talent

Amplifying other STEM initiatives

Innovating Persistently