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About FIRST in Maryland

DSC_0696HatMaryland FIRST offers a progression of programs for youth in grades K to 12, ages 6-18. With assistance from our sponsors, coaches, mentors and friends, FIRST programs challenge and inspire more than 5,000 students in more than 600 teams across the state. We are always looking to add new teams, sponsors and mentors.

FIRST operations in Maryland are driven by a small staff in-state and many dedicated local volunteers.  Our partner in Maryland for the FIRST LEGO League program is the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).  USRA STEMaction Center, Inc. is our partner for the FIRST Tech Challenge and Junior FIRST LEGO League programs.  USRA STEMaction Center helps provide infrastructure support for all the FIRST programs in Maryland as well as other cool STEM activities.

We coordinate events and fundraising for the FIRST Robotics Competition with the FIRST Chesapeake, which encompasses Maryland, Washington, DC and Virginia.  This coordinated effort helps us approach major sponsors to support events and teams throughout the region and gives the teams more opportunity to compete.