On this page, you will find general resources and tips for all FIRST® programs, including sections on social media, fundraising, and team recruitment. All links are webpages unless otherwise noted. If you cannot find what you are looking for, please contact us.
Social Media & Marketing
- Create a Twitter account and follow FIRST and FIRST in Texas! Use #omgrobots
- Create a Facebook account and like FIRST and FIRST in Texas!
- Tips to Engage with your Sponsors
- Social Media Tips for your Robotics Team
- FIRST® promotional video featuring Morgan Freeman (Video)
- Branding Resources
- FIRST® in Texas Sustainability training
- Recorded YouTube Fundraising Hangouts & Webinars (Video)
- FIRST® Fundraising Toolkit
- FIRST® 101 Presentation for Sponsors, by National Instruments
- External grants:
- Fundraising Ideas:
- Crowd Funding
- FLL Fundraising Tips
- FTC Fundraising Tips (.docx)
Team Recruitment & Diversity
- “Why so few?” on Women in Technology
In this collection of research compiled by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), researchers study and present on the barriers keeping women from STEM fields today. The report includes statistics on women’s achievement and participation in STEM fields today as well as ideas on how to break down these barriers.
- The National Academy of Engineering “Changing the Conversation” campaign
“Changing the Conversation,” a report compiled by the National Academy of Engineering, resulted in this webpage, where you can read the report and get involved.
- Latinas and Information Technology (en espanol)
This page includes fact sheets in Spanish on the current state of girls’ participation in technology, talking points about undergraduate courses and careers in computing, videos and profiles of Latina women for addressing the attractions to technology and possible barriers in the field, and computing activities and recruitment programs.
- SWENext, a program sponsored by the Society of Women Engineers
SWENext is a program for girls as young as 13 and their parents to get connected to engineering camps and outreach events in their area.
The National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) has a number of webinars related to reaching girls with your robotics recruitment messaging, including through different mediums such as social media and mentor talks.
- “Education Reengineered” video series by National Instruments
This mini-documentary series visits schools across Austin in order to show the importance of engineering in the classroom and beyond.
In this webinar, Mercadi Crawford of Skillpoint Alliance gives tips and answers questions on how best to recruit underrepresented students for your robotics team.
Hosted by the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity, this webinar covers building bridges in STEM and overcoming stereotypes.
In this webinar, STEM leaders discuss the need for young women to pursue STEM careers and how to encourage them to do so.
This compilation of resources includes STEM scholarships, recruitment tips, and program highlights for other STEM providers in the country.