The Panhandle Area of FIRST® serving the Panhandle. Our mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

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Vision Letter from the Executive Director

Dear 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 … Read More


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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 … Read More


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Discovering Soft Skills and Their Increasing Importance in the Workplace

Imagine 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 … Read More


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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. … Read More


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Partners and Program Supporters

Together, we are helping students learn incredible skills that one day will take them pro! The Pandhandle Area of FIRST® is supported by a strong network of corporations, educational and professional institutions. We want to give a special Thank You to our 2018-2019 Area Partners.