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Vision Letter from the Executive Director

Vision Letter from the Executive DirectorDear Friends of FIRST in Texas, As we head into a New Year and continue another exciting FIRST® season, it’s the perfect time to look back on the progress we made in 2018 and be inspired by what we’ve accomplished together.   It’s also the perfect time to look ahead and establish a clear vision for 2019. … Continue reading Vision Letter from the Executive Director

To All Who Make FIRST in Texas Possible: This One’s For You 

To All Who Make FIRST in Texas Possible: This One’s For You Dear FIRST in Texas Community, When you take a step back and look at the big picture, it’s hard not get a little emotional about everything that’s been accomplished. Making STEM exciting and accessible for Texas youth–and when you think about all of the hard work that everyone has put into so many details of the … Continue reading To All Who Make FIRST in Texas Possible: This One’s For You 

Susan Ashmore, Development Director

Susan Ashmore, Development DirectorWith a wealth of experience and a passion for education and innovation, Susan Ashmore is right at home as the new Development Director for FIRST in Texas. Education and Background Since attending UT Austin and earning a BBA in Accounting from UTSA, Ashmore has built a reputation as a leader committed to excellence. She has … Continue reading Susan Ashmore, Development Director

Be a STEM Advocate, Support the Mission, Change the World

Be a STEM Advocate, Support the Mission, Change the WorldDuring November, FIRST in Texas is celebrating a month of giving! From our upcoming #GivingTuesday fundraising campaign to encouraging volunteers to lend their support, we’re excited to turn our focus to all the ways our community can help us grow. When you give your time, money, or knowledge to FIRST in Texas, you’re not only changing the lives of … Continue reading Be a STEM Advocate, Support the Mission, Change the World

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