The home of FIRST Australia
Macquarie has been the pioneer of FIRST Robotics in Australia, establishing the country’s first FIRST robotics team in 2009 and introducing the FIRST Tech Challenge to Australia in 2011. In recognition of our shared vision for inspiring a love of STEM, Macquarie University was granted exclusive rights to FIRST Australia in 2011.
Since then, and with the support of our partners, we have steadily expanded the program to more than 500 schools across the country, and our teams have triumphed at the world robotics championships both in 2014 and 2015.
Our success in pioneering FIRST Australia has had enormous benefits. For young people, especially those who are disadvantaged, participation in FIRST builds the confidence and skills required to pursue tertiary study. Armed with the skills to handle the complex challenges of the 21st century, thousands of students have now been inspired towards careers in science and technology.