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!)
FIRST in Texas would not be the thriving fount of STEM advocacy that it is without our wonderful alumni organizations. One thing is certain: our alumni groups come from an interesting variety of contexts. They range from organizations at the collegiate level to the official statewide alumni group: FIRST Alumni Network-Texas (FANaTX) which is open … Continue reading Wonderful Things Happen When FIRST in Texas Alumni Groups Get Involved
Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day Taking a proactive approach to equity is important, and giving girls more opportunities to explore their dreams of engineering is always a worthy cause. That’s why DiscoverE created the ‘Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day.’ As noted on their site: Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (Girl Day) on … Continue reading Engineering Series: Girls and Women are FIRST
Dear 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
Texans love volunteerism. It’s easy to see why: most volunteering opportunities are satisfying and positive. You get to help others and strengthen communities. But only a select few volunteering opportunities are so unique and extraordinary they can be described as a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity. In the world of volunteerism, it’s not often you get to: Have … Continue reading Volunteerism: Your Chance to Change a Student’s Life (And Your Own)
Imagine 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
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)
Google Diversity has taken steps to see what factors make a difference in a girl’s decision to engage in STEM learning and like any scientist, we know that research needs to be applied in order to be useful. Consider the facts and suggestions below to encourage more girls to join in the robotics fun! Google … Continue reading Girls and STEM: What Factors Matter?