Inspire

Welcome to Inspire, a blog from FIRST.

After years of inspiring young people, as well as the adults who work with them, we decided it was time to share some of the things that inspire us.


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4 Tips to Celebrate National STEM Day with Remote Learning

Nov 05, 2020 By Tammy Pankey and Lori Birch, FIRST Education


STEM has always been the catalyst that can drive change, inspiring young people to go on to better our world, yet the pandemic has limited student opportunities for hands-on STEM inspiration. For National STEM Day, the FIRST Education team shares resources to keep STEM learning going remotely.

The Enduring Legacy of Gracious Professionalism

Oct 22, 2020 By FIRST Staff


The legacy of Dr. Woodie Flowers, FIRST EAB Chair Emeritus and Distinguished Advisor, lives on as the FIRST community continues to embody his words and actions through Gracious Professionalism, the Woodie Flowers Award, the Woodie Flowers Memorial Grant, and reminders to #WalkLikeWoodie.

Get in the Game: Introducing the FIRST Innovation Challenge

Oct 01, 2020

We’re excited to share a new way to get in the game this season:  FIRST Innovation Challenge presented by Qualcomm.

FIRST HQ Update on 2021 FIRST Robotics Competition Season

Sep 24, 2020

Read for new info on registration opening and season details about the 2021 FIRST Robotics Competition season.

FIRST Student Recognized as Michigan’s Miss Juneteenth

Sep 15, 2020 By FIRST staff


FIRST Robotics Competition Student Nialah Crosby, who was crowned Michigan’s first Miss Juneteenth, spoke about her commitment to seeing more girls of color in STEM and how to diversify robotics teams.

Update: 2020-2021 FIRST Season Extended

Sep 08, 2020

Plus, we’re moving the 2021 FIRST Championship to later in the year. 

Back to School: How to Build a Classroom Culture and Routine, Even Remotely

Aug 31, 2020 By Libby Simpson, Director of Education, FIRST


Building a routine and classroom culture is the most important element of having a safe, successful and fun educational experience. FIRST Director of Education Libby Simpson shares ideas on what to incorporate in your first week of school plans, no matter what school looks like this year.

Remote Events for FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Tech Challenge

Jul 16, 2020

We have been working on solutions for the 2020/2021 season and would like to share our current plans with you.

Why you should invest in the next generation through giving to FIRST

Jun 29, 2020 By Mark Giordono, VP of Development at FIRST


There are many incredible organizations in the world doing amazing and impactful work. For those who have the means to donate, FIRST VP of Development Mark Giordono shares why investing in the next generation of innovators through FIRST should be a part of your portfolio of giving.

How to Develop Students’ Holistic Skills Through FIRST Core Values During Distance Learning

Jun 18, 2020 By Libby Simpson, FIRST Director of Education; and Faith Bongiorno, FIRST Education Implementation Specialist


At the heart of our community are the FIRST Core Values. The FIRST Education team sheds some light on what that means for educators and students, along with beneficial ways that you can incorporate the methodology of FIRST in your remote learning environment.