Education Outreach


Be part of this culture-changing program

Be part of this culture-changing program.

Celebrating Science and Technology

First Partnership

Rockwell Automation Chairman and CEO Keith Nosbusch with members of a FIRST LEGO League team at Automation Fair.

Rockwell Automation is proud to be a FIRST® Strategic Partner, a global sponsor of FIRST LEGO® League and the sole sponsor of the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) "Rockwell Automation Innovation in Control Award."

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a global, nonprofit organization. It provides after-school, mentor-based programs for young people that cross socio-economic, race and gender boundaries to build science, engineering and technology skills.

Our Strategic Partnership and FIRST Volunteers program were formalized in 2006. In addition to supplying monetary and in-kind support, we encourage employees to volunteer as mentors, judges and referees. Each year, Rockwell Automation also showcases the FIRST program at our premier commercial event, Automation Fair.

Many FIRST activities mirror what our employees do every day — work as a team to solve problems and develop solutions with limited resources. We have hired many FIRST alumni who are now “paying it forward” by serving as program mentors.