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 to Encourage Youth to Pursue Manufacturing, Middle-Skills Careers

May 29, 2019 By Donald E. Bossi, FIRST President

FIRST President Don Bossi explores how businesses can generate awareness about the possibilities provided by careers in manufacturing, including debunking common misconceptions about middle-skills careers and providing the training, education, and mentorship students need to be successful.

Kendrick Castillo and Team 4418 Update

May 14, 2019 By Donald E. Bossi, FIRST President


Dear FIRST community,

The tragic death of Kendrick Castillo during the STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting in Colorado last week has continued to weigh heavily on my mind and many others in our FIRST community. Kendrick was an active member of FIRST Robotics Competition Team 4418, STEM IMPULSE. Read more here.

How I Inspire my Students Outside the Classroom

May 13, 2019 By FIRST Staff

For Teacher’s Appreciation Week, we caught up with Woodie Flowers Award winner and district-wide “Teacher of the Year” recipient Gail Drake. As a teacher and FIRST mentor, her goal is “to inspire kids to be the best that they can be, and to give them that feeling internally.”

A Message About the STEM School Highlands Ranch Shooting

May 09, 2019 By Donald E. Bossi, FIRST President

On Tuesday, the FIRST community lost one of its own.  We are heartbroken by the death of Kendrick Castillo, a victim of the shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado.

Broncos Star Casey Kreiter on Science and Competition in Football and Robotics

Apr 15, 2019 Written by FIRST Staff

As we prepare for the Super Bowl of robotics, FIRST Championship, we chatted with Casey Kreiter – Broncos long snapper, Pro Bowl star, science teacher and FIRST supporter – about connections between football and STEM and what makes robotics a great sport.

Why Every Community Needs Youth Robotics Teams

Apr 08, 2019 By Donald E. Bossi, FIRST President

For National Robotics Week, FIRST President Don Bossi explores why, thanks to two great viral news stories from FIRST teams and an exciting new campaign to support educators, our community has a lot to celebrate around raising awareness for the excitement and possibilities of robotics and STEM.

Corporate Goodness: 3 Reasons to Encourage Employees to Volunteer

Mar 25, 2019 By Mark Giordono, Vice President of Development, FIRST

As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of FIRST, we’re also celebrating three decades of great corporate partners.  Mark Giordono, vice president of development at FIRST, shares how corporate employees can be as valuable as checks to nonprofits, while turning employees into your best recruiters.

Being a Voice for Change for Women in STEM

Mar 07, 2019 By Donald E. Bossi, FIRST President

This International Women’s Day, we’re sharing a conversation between FIRST President Don Bossi and FIRST Canada VP of Partnerships Kim Cooper, who recently published a book about creating a more welcoming, diverse and inclusive environment for women in STEM: Girls in Science: Voices for Change.

Engineering Myself: Learning to Fail Better

Feb 19, 2019 By Julianna Schneider, FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Global Challenge Participant

Understanding how to document and communicate your work to others effectively is a critical part of learning through the engineering design process. This Engineers Week, read how this paid off for FIRST participant Julianna Schneider and Team Albania at the FIRST Global Challenge.

Referee Finds Inspiration in Rural, All-Girls Robotics Program

Feb 06, 2019 By Rob Fyfe, Bechtel Engineer; FIRST Alumnus, Mentor & Referee

As head referee at a FIRST Tech Challenge event in Washington, FIRST alum and Bechtel engineer Rob Fyfe was inspired by the Nerdy Girls, a grassroots robotics community in rural Washington on a mission to plunge girls with no tech experience “into the epic and slightly magical world of robotics.”