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!)
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 the first time in many years, a FIRST LEGO League team from the Alamo Area was selected as one of the 20 Semi-Finalists for the Global Innovation Award: meet the Quadships, from San Antonio! This rookie all-girls team is made up of Amity, Eden, Faith, and Zoe, 4th and 5th graders from a San … Continue reading 2019 Global Innovation Award Recap
In Texas we go big in just about everything we do, and that includes STEM education. According to Texas Education Agency, Texas had 1,775 STEM teachers in 2017-2018, and that number is likely rising as we head into the 2019-2020 school year. With so many teachers in the Lone Star State, the need to train our … Continue reading FIRST in Texas is Committed to STEM Teacher Enrichment & Professional Development
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
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