When we rolled out the 30-Day LEGO Challenge in April, we knew we would see the creativity that robotics teams from all across the state would come up with for the daily challenge. With challenges like “Build a treehouse or build a pirate ship or build a new truck for Toyota” we were sure this … Continue reading LEGO Challenge Spotlight: Mini FRC Robot by LadyCans
STEM careers have long seen above-average job growth, and according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in scientific fields are still on the rise. Career opportunities in agriculture and food science alone are expected to grow by seven percent, while medical and environmental science careers are expected to grow by eight percent each. Texas, … Continue reading Science Career Pathways Explored
FIRST in Texas, statewide partners, and even robotics teams are working diligently to introduce more girls to STEM fields and give them a place to explore their dreams of changing the world through research, experimentation, and discovery. One of our goals is to help expose the bright minds of girls and young women to the array … Continue reading Girls in FIRST, Women in Science
FIRST in Texas gives students in the Lone Star State access to an exciting world of education, innovation, and experimentation. It’s more than an extra-curricular activity: it helps young people build their curiosity and their skill set for in-demand careers, including careers in the sciences. Through FIRST programs, students from kindergarten through high school get to … Continue reading Putting the S in STEM with FIRST in Texas
When we established FIRST in Texas, we could not have imagined how the community would rally behind our cause in such profound, incredible, and heartwarming ways. We are humbled by the amazing support from the corporate, foundation and individual partners and volunteers who help fuel our mission to build STEM skills and foster self-confidence, communication, and leadership … Continue reading Thank You For Helping FIRST in Texas Create Opportunities for Texas Youth!
The skills gap in the workforce is no joke. It’s a serious issue. Even just a cursory search for the topic online yields a long list of urgently worded headlines about the subject–all published in recent weeks. For example: “Technology and the Talent Shortage” (9/17/19, Workforce) “Workforce summit seeks answers to skills gap” (9/18/19, Hannibal) … Continue reading How STEM Programs Solve the Skills Gap Crisis in the Workforce
As FIRST in Texas has matured in its mission and scope, something special has been happening in our state that brings the word power to mind: an expansive, continuous growth in STEM involvement among our youth. If you’re a Spider-Man fan, you’ll know the phrase,”With great power comes great responsibility.” Anyone who has been involved in FIRST programs and … Continue reading With Great STEM Power Comes Great Responsibility (And the Need for More Volunteers!)
The experts are looking into the future of work, and there is a growing demand for middle-skill workers, but there’s not enough trained personnel to fill that demand. The gap in the number of jobs available and the people ready to fill them is not news. However, it does require that stakeholders from education to … Continue reading How FIRST in Texas Helps Solve the Middle Skills Gap