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FIRST in Texas is Committed to STEM Teacher Enrichment & Professional Development

FIRST in Texas is Committed to STEM Teacher Enrichment & Professional DevelopmentIn Texas we go big in just about everything we do, and that includes STEM education. According to Texas Education Agency, Texas had 1,775 STEM teachers in 2017-2018, and that number is likely rising as we head into the 2019-2020 school year. With so many teachers in the Lone Star State, the need to train our … Continue reading FIRST in Texas is Committed to STEM Teacher Enrichment & Professional Development

FIRST in Texas Opens Up a World of Opportunities For Young Engineers

FIRST in Texas Opens Up a World of Opportunities For Young EngineersWhen students dive into the world of FIRST in Texas, they are doing themselves (and their future) a huge favor. Besides having plenty of fun, expanding their minds, and learning valuable skills that will help them in every area of life, they are opening doors to many career options. One such career path is in … Continue reading FIRST in Texas Opens Up a World of Opportunities For Young Engineers

Vision Letter from the Executive Director

Vision Letter from the Executive DirectorDear Friends of FIRST in Texas, As we head into a New Year and continue another exciting FIRST® season, it’s the perfect time to look back on the progress we made in 2018 and be inspired by what we’ve accomplished together.   It’s also the perfect time to look ahead and establish a clear vision for 2019. … Continue reading Vision Letter from the Executive Director

How FIRST® LEGO® League Develops Crucial Soft Skills in Early Childhood

How FIRST® LEGO® League Develops Crucial Soft Skills in Early ChildhoodSoft skills–the less obvious social skills such as communication, self-control, leadership, critical thinking, and creativity–have received lots of attention in recent years. As noted in a report by Forbes, employers across every industry are giving soft skills more weight in their recruiting process, and high schools and colleges are looking for ways to strengthen soft skill … Continue reading How FIRST® LEGO® League Develops Crucial Soft Skills in Early Childhood

Discovering Soft Skills and Their Increasing Importance in the Workplace

Discovering Soft Skills and Their Increasing Importance in the WorkplaceImagine that you’re a hiring manager looking for someone to fill a computer programming position. You have two final candidates. One has a strong resume including evidence of superior programming skills, but he seems impatient during the interview and has trouble listening to you and expressing his ideas. The other is also a strong programmer, … Continue reading Discovering Soft Skills and Their Increasing Importance in the Workplace

What STEM Advocacy Really Means (And Why It’s a Game Changer for Kids)

What STEM Advocacy Really Means (And Why It’s a Game Changer for Kids)Advocacy of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) in our education systems and communities is life-changing for young Texans. Just ask Paula. At nine years old, Paula’s favorite subject is math. Thanks to STEM advocacy, big opportunities are about to open for this bright young lady… First, her teacher encourages her to join the school’s FIRST® … Continue reading What STEM Advocacy Really Means (And Why It’s a Game Changer for Kids)