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


FIRST Robotics Competition, Alamo Regional, St. Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas, April 5-7, 2018. Photo by Dave WilsonWhen 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 the field of engineering.

Engineering opportunities abound for student participants of FIRST in Texas programs. This month there are several celebrations around engineering awareness. For example:

National Engineering Week

The National Society of Professional Engineers puts on a big week every year that does two significant things for budding engineers:

  • It exposes them to a world of opportunities through networking, events, and learning
  • It demonstrates to students how the field of engineering enjoys an enormous amount of support from just about every corner of society

As noted on their website:

“Engineers Week–the only event of its kind–is a time to:

  • Celebrate how engineers make a difference in our world
  • Increase public dialogue about the need for engineers
  • Bring engineering to life for kids, educators, and parents”

Engineers Week LogoFrom February 17-23, 2019, aspiring engineers can immerse themselves into a series of engineering themed events with a network of professional engineers.

More than a week-long event, Engineers Week is a year-round commitment to making a difference.

The bottom-line?

It gives students the chance to see how amazing the world of engineering can be and it opens up doors that will lead them down a path to an engineering career.

And if students already have experience in FIRST in Texas, they will feel right at home during the National Engineering Week. They may even meet some friends from the expansive FIRST in Texas network.

This is part one of a three-part series on engineering. Part two will take a look at how organizations are encouraging young girls and women to discover engineering. Part three will dive into the growing need for engineers in the workforce.