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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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.

An Engineer’s Greatest Legacy: Inspiring the Next Generation

Feb 21, 2020 By Larry Cohen, FIRST President


To celebrate Engineers Week, FIRST President Larry Cohen shares stories from the documentary “Dream Big: Engineering Our World” and reflects on the importance of mentorship in creating a diverse pipeline of engineers and inspiring the next generation of leaders.

Shining in our Abilities: Robotics Education for All

Feb 03, 2020 By Danielle Jenkins, Teacher and FIRST Mentor, Mountain View High School, Lawrenceville, GA


Special education teacher Danielle Jenkins has long wanted to start a FIRST team for her students, who are often left out of STEM opportunities. She shares how her students broke barriers and shattered expectations with their success as a first-year FIRST LEGO League team.

How My Students Apply Social Good Through FIRST and GoBabyGo!

Jan 07, 2020 By Gavin Wood, FIRST Robotics Competition Coach & STEAM Director of The Barstow School, Kansas City, Missouri

Gavin Wood, FIRST coach and award-winning STEAM educator, shares how his students’ leadership in the GoBabyGo adaptive technology movement have made them more empathetic, innovative, and passionate about STEM by using their skills to hack ride-on toy cars into motorized wheelchairs for children.

4 Lessons from World-Class Engineers at Apple HQ

Dec 16, 2019 By Ishaan Oberoi, FIRST Tech Challenge and Apple Engineering Technology Camp participant


FIRST participant Ishaan Oberoi shares his experience learning from Apple engineers at the Apple Engineering Technology Camp, where he was able to build on skills he learned through FIRST and then bring his takeaways back to his FIRST Tech Challenge team.

Coding and Robots: For Inspiration and Recognition of Computer Science and Technology

Dec 09, 2019 By Libby Simpson, FIRST Director of Education


The need for K-12 students to not just understand the high-tech world around them but what makes it work is an essential and largely missing element of the top academic focuses of education. To celebrate Computer Science Education Week, FIRSTtv will host an Hour of Code activity on December 12.

Welcome, Larry Cohen

Dec 03, 2019 By Don Bossi


Outgoing FIRST President Don Bossi shares his reflections and welcomes the next president of FIRST, technology leader Lawrence Cohen.

Celebration of Life for Dr. Woodie Flowers

Nov 20, 2019 By Donald E. Bossi, FIRST President


FIRST President Don Bossi shares information about the upcoming virtual Celebration of Life for Woodie Flowers on December 9 and sheds some light on the story of Margaret Flowers, Woodie’s beloved wife and a strong supporter of our mission.

4 Droid Design Tips from Star Wars Galactic Builders

Nov 12, 2019 By FIRST Staff


Star Wars droids and FIRST robots united in the Galactic Builders video series, where FIRST students learned what goes into designing droids for the Star Wars universe from the experts who bring it to life.

FIRST Alum Builds Solar Car

Oct 23, 2019 Written by FIRST Staff


FIRST alum Tina Li, who participated in the prestigious World Solar Challenge as part of the Stanford Solar Car Project team, spoke about designing and engineering a solar car and how the challenge builds on her FIRST experience.