In 2016 PG&E launched a partnership with FIRST® Robotics and Playing at Learning to develop our next generation of STEM leaders by providing grants to students participating in robotics competitions. PG&E believes in FIRST's mission to inspire and celebrate science and technology in a team-based context and is dedicated to providing access to STEM education opportunities for diverse and underserved communities.


FIRST Robotics has a proven model for inspiring young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills that spur innovation and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication and leadership.

A longitudinal study released by FIRST Robotics notes that of students who participate in the program 98% increase problem-solving skills,86% are more interested in going to college and 75% of pursue a STEM field. FIRST alumni are twice as likely to major in science or engineering, and 33% of female alumnae major in engineering.

Support Levels

PG&E Service Area Team PG&E Service Area TeamTeam makes Regional ChampionshipTeam makes Super Regional or World Championship

Returning team

New team

PG&E Sponsored Service Area team

PG&E Sponsored Service Area team

FIRST Lego League (4-8 grade)





FIRST Tech Challenge (7-12 grade)





Funds will be disbursed on a rolling first-come, first-serve basis throughout the year.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Teams must reside within the PG&E service area.
  • Teams must be part of Title One school or meet demonstrated need criteria.

Funding Applications

FIRST Lego League Grant Application for 4-8 grade teams
FIRST Tech Challenge Grant Application for 7-12 grade teams


FIRST Robotics stories

VIDEO: PG&E Sponsors Robotics Competition, Supports STEM Education

This year's regional championship challenged students in grades seven to 12 to develop a robot that could score more points than their competitor in a game called "Cascade Effect."

Stand Aside, R2D2: PG&E Helps Innovators of Tomorrow Test Robot-Making Skills

To help the teams succeed, PG&E employees staffed a Doctor Robot station where employees diagnosed and fixed malfunctioning robots, ensuring each robot was at its best before entering the ring.