FIRST thrives with the continued support of a comprehensive network of Fortune 500 corporations, educational and professional institutions, foundations, and individuals. Together, these organizations and individuals provide significant funding, mentorship time and talent, volunteerism, equipment, and more to enhance the FIRST organization.  Through the resources they provide, our sponsors are helping FIRST build the school-to-career pipeline that will provide the motivation and opportunities to inspire young people to become the next generation of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professionals.

Through the generous support of our FIRST Founding Sponsors, including Boston Scientific, Baxter International Inc, and Johnson & Johnson, our flagship program, the FIRST Robotics Competition, was built on a solid foundation of corporate support.  The FIRST organization has continued to grow and thrive through the significant contributions of our FIRST Strategic Partners, which include BAE Systems, National Instruments Corporation, and the Motorola Foundation.In Tennessee, many area businesses (see below) have offered contributions and parterships for our local teams and for our regional competition – the Smoky Mountains Regional. For more information regarding sponsoring our local efforts, please contact LJ Robinson.

Smoky Mountains Regional Co-Sponsors:

TVA   ORNL_logo   mdf

FRC Regional Leaders in Technology Sponsor:

 Alcoa         Bechtel     leidos

FRC Regional Captains of Innovation Sponsor:

AROTC       denso       esg

UT   eastman  nasa   SAIC        Kendall

FRC Regional Friends of the Future Sponsor:




Knoxville Chamber of Commerce



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