The FIRST in Texas grant opportunity is all about helping kids get access to participate on a FIRST robotics team and related competitions. Early exposure to robotics, especially when it’s fun, is the first step to helping graduating students choose to either join the workforce in a skilled trade or attend college and major in a … Continue reading FIRST in Texas Grants – Apply! Apply! Apply!
For 30 years, FIRST® has been capturing imaginations and inspiring future technology leaders and innovators. According to the Brandeis University Longitudinal Study, of the many students who participate in FIRST programs: “2.6X are more likely to enroll in an engineering course in their freshman year and more than 75 percent of them are in a STEM … Continue reading Scholarships: Knowledge is Power
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
The High Demand For Engineers The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts growth for engineering jobs over the next several years through 2026. As the Bureau notes: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects employment growth for these workers, with nearly 140,000 new jobs expected for engineers over the 2016–26 decade. And in 2016, engineers had … Continue reading Engineering Series: Career Paths in the Workforce
When 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
During November, FIRST in Texas is celebrating a month of giving! From our upcoming #GivingTuesday fundraising campaign to encouraging volunteers to lend their support, we’re excited to turn our focus to all the ways our community can help us grow. When you give your time, money, or knowledge to FIRST in Texas, you’re not only changing the lives of … Continue reading Be a STEM Advocate, Support the Mission, Change the World
It’s not every day you find a community investment program that: Encourages STEM education and the development of 21st-century work/life skills Enriches the lives of underrepresented and underserved students in Texas Creates amazing team building experiences for your employees Builds a pipeline into your company for future employees But that’s exactly what you get when … Continue reading Investing in the Future STEM Workforce
Soft 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