Faculty Advisor

Stafford, Kenneth A.


This study examines the relationship between FIRST Robotics Competition participation in high school and college performance with respect to quantifiable data such as GPA, Dean’s List, and standardized testing. The sample size was roughly 8,000 students, tracked across seven years. Only the classes of 2016 through 2018 had data indicating if they participated in FRC. Data was gathered through the Offices of Admissions and of the Registrar. Results showed that FIRST students did worse in college with respect to standard grading. Due to a lack of data on Team Projects no significant analysis was done on the effects of FIRST Participation on more design and build projects such as the IQP and MQP.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2015

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering