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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What 15,000 Kids Taught Me About Creativity

May 10, 2018 By Steven W. Anderson, Learning Evangelist, Speaker, Author


After spending time with FIRST LEGO League teams at the 2018 FIRST Championship, educational consultant Steven W. Anderson shares how authentic learning tasks, problem solving and collaboration allows students’ creativity to flourish.

To Build Next-Gen STEM Leaders, Universities and Industry Must Collaborate

Apr 24, 2018 By Donald E. Bossi, president of FIRST


Donald E. Bossi, president of FIRST, highlights takeaways for university leaders from his recent SXSW EDU panel on non-profit and corporation partnerships, with help from Erica Fessia, Qualcomm’s director of community engagement, and Jay Flores, Rockwell Automation’s global STEM ambassador.

Afghanistan’s First Female Tech CEO on the Importance of Digital Literacy

Apr 17, 2018 By FIRST Staff


Serial entrepreneur Roya Mahboob mentors the acclaimed Afghan girls robotics team, which will be competing in FIRST Championship Detroit next week. Roya discusses her work in digital literacy for her nonprofit, Digital Citizen Fund, and the impact the “Afghan Dreamers” are having in Afghanistan.

Work Hard, Don’t Give Up: Lessons Learned on the Road to FIRST Championship

Apr 10, 2018 By James and Josephine McGill, Coaches, FIRST LEGO League Team 25108 “Brainiac Maniacs,” Houston, Texas


1,400 FIRST teams from all over the world will soon descend on the cities of Houston and Detroit for the 2018 FIRST Championship Presented by Qualcomm® Incorporated. Read how a FIRST LEGO League team of Texas Girl Scouts overcame obstacles – and had fun along the way – to earn a spot in Houston.

The Whole Child Curriculum Hidden in STEM Project-Based Learning

Apr 05, 2018 By Jonathan Carpenter, M.A.Ed, M.Ed. Admin, Fourth-Grade Teacher


STEM-oriented project-based learning can have a remarkable impact on developing a student’s skills and confidence – not just in STEM, but also in reading, writing, researching, and social-emotional learning. Fourth-grade teacher Jonathan Carpenter shares how FIRST LEGO League Jr. helped his students grow.

These STEM Enthusiasts Will Give You a Front Row Seat to Inspiration

Apr 02, 2018 By FIRST Staff


Meet three STEM enthusiasts who will provide a front row seat to all the action happening at the 2018 FIRST Championship Presented by Qualcomm Incorporated. Twitch personalities DeeJayKnight and Skylias and FIRST Alum Emma Dumont share what excites them about STEM, community, and FIRST Championship.

Meeting in the Middle with Distance Learning

Mar 26, 2018 By Frank McCallum, Principal, Alberta Distance Learning Centre


A unique partnership in Alberta, Canada, provided distance learning opportunities grounded in STEM to remote First Nations communities. Frank McCallum, principal of the Alberta Distance Learning Centre, shares how distance learning bridges a barrier to STEM access.

How One Teacher Guided His Students to Give Back with a Design Thinking Challenge

Mar 20, 2018 By FIRST Staff


Science teacher Peter Graven leads his Wisconsin school districts’ robotics program and encourages students to take on STEM-based projects that give back. Peter discusses the design thinking challenge his students undertook to build a robotic medical cart for a young girl with special needs. 

FIRST LEGO League Student Making Waves in Innovation

Mar 08, 2018 By FIRST Staff


FIRST participant Allie Weber is a Teen Vogue 21 Under 21 honoree. It’s easy to see why at age 12, this accomplished inventor, maker, and STEM advocate is getting recognized for her work. Allie shares her STEM story, the inspiration behind #YoungScientistProbs, and kids who are changing the world.

5 Ways to Spur Student Growth and Opportunity Through Hands-On STEM

Mar 06, 2018 By Donald E. Bossi, President of FIRST


Originally published on The Teaching Channel’s Tchers’ Voice blog, FIRST President Don Bossi shares easy-to-adapt strategies for implementing new STEM programs or curriculum and making the most of hands-on learning in the classroom.