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FIRST LEGO League Team Registration Closes Monday, October 22 at 5:00pm CST!

FIRST LEGO League Team Registration Closes Monday, October 22 at 5:00pm CST!Registration for the 2018-2019 INTO ORBIT season will close for the ACES (Alamo, Central, East, South) Region on Monday, October 22 at 5:00pm CST. To register your team or complete registration, visit  http://www.firstinspires.org. If you started your registration process, please make sure that you are paid fully by October 22. Contact your Area Coordinator if you … Continue reading FIRST LEGO League Team Registration Closes Monday, October 22 at 5:00pm CST!

Volunteer Spotlight: FIRST Technical Advisor (FTA)

Volunteer Spotlight: FIRST Technical Advisor (FTA)In our continuing volunteer spotlight series, this month we look at the role of FIRST Technical Advisors more commonly referred to as FTAs. According to the FTA Volunteer Roles and Resources page: “The FIRST Technical Advisor (FTA) is responsible for keeping the FIRST Robotics Competition field running smoothly and in accordance with FIRST requirements.” For … Continue reading Volunteer Spotlight: FIRST Technical Advisor (FTA)

Diversity and Inclusion in STEM

Diversity and Inclusion in STEMOctober is Global Diversity Awareness Month, and it’s a great time to reflect on inclusive values–the kind of values that inspire organizations to help the underserved and underrepresented in their communities.  FIRST® takes this kind of inclusive approach seriously. In fact, one of our Core Values– Inclusion–sums it up nicely: “We respect each other and … Continue reading Diversity and Inclusion in STEM

Volunteer Spotlight Focus: Judges

Volunteer Spotlight Focus: JudgesOur focus this month is on volunteers and the critical role they play in the success of event support as well as student development. With New Mexico joining Texas in transitioning their FIRST Robotics Competition program from regional to district, we took this opportunity to reach out to Cindy Stong, a National Judge Advisor out … Continue reading Volunteer Spotlight Focus: Judges

Volunteerism: Your Chance to Change a Student’s Life (And Your Own)

Volunteerism: Your Chance to Change a Student’s Life (And Your Own)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)

Investing in the Future STEM Workforce

Investing in the Future STEM WorkforceIt’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

How FIRST® LEGO® League Develops Crucial Soft Skills in Early Childhood

How FIRST® LEGO® League Develops Crucial Soft Skills in Early ChildhoodSoft 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

Introducing the FIRST in STEM Podcast

Introducing the FIRST in STEM PodcastIntroducing 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.