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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FIRST HQ Update on 2021 FIRST Robotics Competition Season

Sep 24, 2020 Written by FIRST Staff


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.

Engineering Ambitiously: Why NI is Investing Boldly in the Future of FIRST

Jun 16, 2020 By Tabitha Upshaw, Head of Corporate Impact, NI


The world needs engineers now more than ever. They are everyday heroes, using problem-solving skills to tackle some of the world’s toughest challenges, from launching rockets to creating life-saving medical devices. They are engineering hope for our world. Today at NI, we launched an updated brand that puts the engineers we serve front and center. We’ve changed our name from National Instruments to NI and have a new look and a rallying cry – to “engineer ambitiously.”

An Open Letter to FIRST Teams Around the World

Apr 09, 2020


We’ve known for a long time that FIRST is more than robots, but with each passing day it becomes even more clear that the skills and values you’ve learned through these programs have uniquely positioned you to innovate right now – and long into the future.

Three Lessons for Robotics Parents from “black-ish”

Feb 27, 2020 By FIRST Staff


Jack Johnson joined a FIRST robotics team and his parents wondered how to best support him on this week’s episode of “black-ish.” On the Inspire blog, we share three lessons parents can take away from the episode, which featured a cameo from FIRST founder Dean Kamen.