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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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.

A Message about Dr. Woodie Flowers

Oct 12, 2019

Dear FIRST community, It is with a heavy heart we share that Dr. Woodie Flowers has passed away from medical complications.

Five Quotes to Live By from 2019 FIRST Inspire Gala Honoree, Soledad O’Brien

Oct 10, 2019 By FIRST Staff

Soledad O’Brien, an award-winning journalist, speaker, author, philanthropist, and founder/CEO of the Starfish Media Group, is a fierce advocate for education. As we look forward to honoring O’Brien at the 2019 FIRST Inspire Gala on November 7, we’re sharing five of her most inspirational quotes.