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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.  

Discovering Soft Skills and Their Increasing Importance in the Workplace

Discovering Soft Skills and Their Increasing Importance in the WorkplaceImagine that you’re a hiring manager looking for someone to fill a computer programming position. You have two final candidates. One has a strong resume including evidence of superior programming skills, but he seems impatient during the interview and has trouble listening to you and expressing his ideas. The other is also a strong programmer, … Continue reading Discovering Soft Skills and Their Increasing Importance in the Workplace

Patrick Felty Named Executive Director

Patrick Felty Named Executive DirectorFIRST in Texas announced that its Board of Directors has named Patrick Felty to the position of Executive Director, effective immediately. Felty previously served as the Development Director at FIRST in Texas, as well as Regional Director for the Alamo Region of Texas. Felty’s resume is further bolstered by eleven years of supporting FIRST programs … Continue reading Patrick Felty Named Executive Director

What STEM Advocacy Really Means (And Why It’s a Game Changer for Kids)

What STEM Advocacy Really Means (And Why It’s a Game Changer for Kids)Advocacy of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) in our education systems and communities is life-changing for young Texans. Just ask Paula. At nine years old, Paula’s favorite subject is math. Thanks to STEM advocacy, big opportunities are about to open for this bright young lady… First, her teacher encourages her to join the school’s FIRST® … Continue reading What STEM Advocacy Really Means (And Why It’s a Game Changer for Kids)