Introducing the FIRST in STEM Podcast
July 13, 2018
Introducing FIRST in STEM. A podcast created by FIRST in Texas to share the stories behind student-led K-12 robotics teams, coaches, mentors, volunteers, workforce partners and FIRST leadership in the Great State of Texas.
FIRST in STEM Transcript
My friends in school were in FIRST and I was already interested in robotics and technical stuff and so I decided to join. – FLL Team 14938 Club Oreo
Before FIRST I didn’t even know I wanted to do engineering and now I can’t see myself doing anything else. – Jake C., Alumni FRC 2468 Team Appreciate
FIRST is about so much more than robots. It’s about inspiring the next generation of young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators.
To make an inclusive environment in FIRST, in robotics, in STEM careers in general. I think that’s one of the most important things that we can do for our society right now because if we’re not representing all of our society in these fields, then we’re selling ourselves short. – Adrienne Emerson, Coach FRC Team 148 RoboWranglers
I will tell you the one thing that FIRST provides, there’s a niche for everybody. You’re talking about the community outreach. You’re talking about the actual robot, electrical engineering, you got design, you’ve got all these pieces that are part of it. You know, for the parents, they need to know there’s a niche for your kid. It’s a community. – Don Beck, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction at Channelview ISD, FIRST Mentor, and father of FIRST participants
FIRST is a program where kids have fun while learning STEM and soft skills in a hands-on competitive environment.
So, we really want to embrace all the real world experiences and offer it to our youth and give them something that’s going to challenge them. – Pamela Garrett, Harlingen CISD Teacher and FLL Coach
Bringing this kind of a program to scale is really a no-brainer for us because we believe in investing in those programs that are really going to pay dividends and when kids don’t want to go home because they’re so engaged in the work, that’s pretty inspiring for the adults around those kids.” – Dr. Art Cavazos, Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District and FIRST in Texas Board Member
FIRST is also a bridge from STEM education to workforce readiness.
We see the value in this because it’s helping us develop future engineers and people who are considering a career in STEM of some sort. FIRST robotics really helps them see the value and understand STEM intimately and get excited about it.” – Patty Arrellano, Texas Instruments
I got to hear this gentleman, his name was Dean Kamen. He’s focusing on the need to create a culture, a movement where we celebrate the accomplishments of students in an academic setting and create an environment where it’s truly celebrated. I was really onboard at that point. – Chairman Andres Alcantar, Texas Workforce Commission
Welcome to FIRST in STEM a podcast created by FIRST in Texas to tell the stories behind student-led K-12 robotics teams, coaches, mentors, volunteers, workforce partners, and FIRST leadership across the Great State of Texas.