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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How Companies Can Help Students Prepare for the Future Workforce

Nov 12, 2018 By Kelli Anderson for EdSurge


EdSurge spoke with Dave Vasko, director of advanced technology at FIRST Strategic Partner Rockwell Automation, about how robotics competitions resemble the Indy 500; why you should be kind to your competition; the leg up FIRST kids have when landing STEM jobs; and his hiring philosophy.

How Our Mentors Help Us See Ourselves in STEM

Nov 05, 2018 By Kelli Anderson for EdSurge


Stereotype-smashing teen Zaina Siyed spoke with EdSurge about how she used FIRST LEGO League to coach eight Muslim girls on self-confidence, perseverance, teamwork, and tech literacy and helped them see themselves in STEM fields, as her FIRST coaches had done for her.

6 STEM Experts on Sparking STEM Interest and Career Discovery in the Classroom

Oct 18, 2018 By Media Planet


Educational technology has blossomed, giving educators new tools to nurture STEM interest in children and create the next generation of STEM superstars. FIRST President Donald E. Bossi and other STEM experts explore strategies for encouraging career discovery in the classroom.

How Working in Space Taught Me to See Home Differently

Oct 04, 2018 Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada


In celebration of all the ways space unites the world – and FIRST – this World Space Week, we’re sharing an inspiring story from Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, about her experience working on international collaborations as an astronaut on the ISS.

Creating STEM Engagement Opportunities for Tomorrow’s Workforce

Sep 26, 2018 By Kelli Anderson for EdSurge


FIRST President Don Bossi spoke with EdSurge about putting inspiration in front of education in the only sport where every kid can go pro and offered insight on why a diverse workforce is the best workforce, and how to go about creating it.

STEM Gender Equity: Supporting Girls in STEM Without Diminishing Boys

Sep 17, 2018 By Domonique Bulls, Ph. D.; FIRST STEM Equity Fellow


Dr. Domonique Bulls, Designing STEM Equity Fellow for FIRST, shares what it means to collaborate on gender equity in STEM and why it’s important to ensure girls and women are provided with opportunities that meet their needs, interests, and experiences.

Young Changemakers on Creating the STEM Educators of Tomorrow

Sep 06, 2018 By Mackenzie Sicard and Danielle Newman, FIRST Alumni, Kell Robotics


Mackenzie and Danielle, young leaders from FIRST Robotics Competition team “Kell Robotics,” make the case for how the FIRST community can play a huge role in educating and inspiring future STEM educators and filling the STEM teacher pipeline.

How to Help Students Take the Lead in Their Learning Through Robotics

Aug 15, 2018 By Sherry Comer, Camdenton R-III Afterschool Services Director & Robotics Coach

Sherry Comer is the afterschool services director for Missouri’s sprawling, rural Camdenton R-III School District. She shares her strategies for using hands-on STEM programs to build kids into leaders who take charge of their own learning and gain skills to succeed in any field.

STEM: At the Crossroads of Traditional and Online Learning

Jul 16, 2018 By Donald E. Bossi, president of FIRST


FIRST President Donald E. Bossi explores how online and “blended” learning is ushering a new wave of opportunity for educators, companies and all of us working to advance STEM education to equip students with meaningful tools and resources they need as a foundation for a brighter future.

Teamwork Makes Machines Work: Young Roboticists Power Up Their Peers at FIRST Robotics Championships

Jun 29, 2018 By Jennifer Deauville, NVIDIA


Nvidia, a FIRST sponsor, highlights young roboticists who are exploring artificial intelligence and virtual reality through FIRST – including FIRST Robotics Competition Dean’s List Award winner Grace Lam, who teaches workshops for other FIRST students on deep learning.