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From Robots to IT: How One FIRST Alum and Mentor Got a New Job at FedEx

Jul 03, 2018 Written by Jason Baker, FedEx

This year at FIRST Championship a FedEx robot roamed the hallways. It’s part of a growing fleet of robots used in our tech repair centers to help carry parts back and forth between technicians.

Applying for Jobs or Internships? These Tips Can Help!

Jun 16, 2018 Written by FIRST Staff

As FIRST Alumni, many industry leaders want to hire you for your problem-solving, critical thinking and digital literacy skills.  It’s important that you communicate your experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities on your job application and in your interview. FIRST Strategic Partners Dow and Qualcomm offer great advice on their websites to help you succeed. Here are just a few:

FIRST Alum Spotlight: Max Friefeld

Jun 16, 2018 Written by FIRST Staff

FIRST Alum Max Friefeld gained the confidence to launch his manufacturing startup, Voodoo Manufacturing.

FIRST Alum Spotlight: Alex Kaplan

May 29, 2018 Written by Alex Kaplan FIRST Alum

FIRST Alum Alex Kaplan discovered a safe place to fail and problem solve on his FIRST Robotics Competition Team 1086 “Blue Cheese,” in Glen Allen, Virginia.

FIRST Alum Spotlight: Anthony Hennig

May 14, 2018 Written by Anthony Hennig FIRST Alum

FIRST Alum Anthony Hennig discovered his love for engineering after becoming a programmer for FIRST Robotics Competition Team 422 “Mech Tech Dragons,” in Richmond, Virginia.

FIRST Alum Spotlight: Michelle Hawley

May 10, 2018 Written by FIRST Strategic Partner, Rockwell Collins

FIRST Alum Michelle Hawley is an industrial engineer for Commercial Systems at Rockwell Collins, a FIRST Strategic Partner. 

FIRST Alum Spotlight: Jeremy Shikarides

May 07, 2018 Written by FIRST Staff

FIRST Alum Jeremy Shikarides joined his high school’s rookie FIRST Robotics Competition team, Team 5943 “Bad News Gears”.

FIRST Alum Spotlight: Elisa Moore

Apr 09, 2018 Written by Elisa Moore FIRST Alum

FIRST Alum Elisa Moore honed her leadership and humanities skills on FIRST Robotics Competition Team 4828 “RoboEagles”...

FIRST Alum Spotlight: Cameron Schriner

Mar 27, 2018 Written by FIRST Staff

FIRST Alum Cameron Schriner found lifelong friendships and a passion for helping kids succeed while part of his FIRST Robotics Competition Team 832 Chimera (O.S.C.A.R) in Atlanta, Georgia.

FIRST Alum Spotlight: Troy Douglas

Mar 07, 2018 Written by FIRST Staff

We caught up with FIRST Alum Troy Douglas.