Faculty Advisor

Schachterle, Lance E.

Faculty Advisor

Stafford, Kenneth A.


FIRST is an organization which looks to motivate youth to pursue engineering and technical fields by partnering them with professionals to compete in sport-like competitions. This IQP was asked to determine why and how universities have become involved with FIRST. Using a survey answered by 93 post-secondary institutions across the country, the team discerned that schools tend to be involved with FIRST because it adds visibility and they want to promote engineering, science, and technology. In fact, 93% of schools surveyed saw the latter as a moderate to high source of motivation. With data provided in the report as well as guides contained in the appendices, schools currently not involved will be able to make an educated decision about whether or not to take the plunge.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2011

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering