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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Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month

Sep 15, 2021 By Dr. Janell N. Catlin, Director of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, FIRST

Join the FIRST community as we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month (9/15-10/15) and amplify the voices and experiences of Hispanic and Latinx American FIRST students, mentors, alumni, and corporate sponsors. Read more from Dr. Janell N. Catlin, Director of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion.

Q&A with Dean Kamen: Continuing Christa McAuliffe’s Legacy of Inspiration

Aug 31, 2021 Written by FIRST Staff

September 2, 2021, would have been educator and STEM hero Christa McAuliffe’s 73rd birthday. We spoke with Dean Kamen, founder of FIRST, about why he has been an unwavering advocate for carrying on her legacy of inspiration.

Using FIRST Core Values to Support Social-Emotional Learning

Jun 14, 2021 By Libby Simpson, FIRST Director of Education, and Caroline Hanson, Volunteer Coordinator, FIRST Nevada

The social-emotional learning (SEL) competencies align with the FIRST Core Values, part of the power of our preK-12 programming. FIRST Education Director Libby Simpson and educator Caroline Hanson share how parents, educators, and coaches can use our new, free 10-session SEL curriculum series.

Summer enrichment with FIRST using hands-on learning

Jun 03, 2021 By Libby Simpson, FIRST Director of Education

Tools and techniques are at your disposal through FIRST to meet students' social, emotional, and academic needs during summer learning enrichment. Learn how FIRST community members are providing STEM learning opportunities for students using the resources from our FIRST @ Home curriculum series.

Celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride Month!

Jun 01, 2021 By Dr. Janell N. Catlin, Director of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, FIRST


FIRST Director of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Dr. Janell N. Catlin shares the Pride Edition of the FIRST logo alongside collaborations with the Human Rights Campaign and LGBTQ+ of FIRST – part of our commitment to LGBTQ+ individuals and creating a more equitable and inclusive community.


Reflecting on and Celebrating Your Impact

May 25, 2021 By Cassie McIntyre, Director of Corporate Partnerships & Individual Giving, FIRST

During this time of season-culminating celebration, FIRST Director of Corporate Partnerships & Individual Giving Cassie McIntyre reflects on and thanks all who made our 2020-2021 season possible for your continued support in ensuring FIRST is available for decades and future generations to come.

Inspire the Future: Introducing the FIRST Educators Recognition Program

May 06, 2021 By Libby Simpson, Education Director, FIRST

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, we’re highlighting the invisible work teachers take on to help their students succeed and introducing the Inspire the Future: FIRST Educators Recognition Program, a program launching soon inspired by FIRST community teachers and the ethos of Christa McAuliffe.

2020-2021 FIRST GAME CHANGERS Season Celebration & Event Updates

Apr 28, 2021

We’re sharing updates on season celebrations and off-season events for the FIRST GAME CHANGERS powered by Star Wars: Force for Change season.

From Innovation Project to Market: PickUp Patrol Helps Schools in the U.S. and Beyond

Apr 23, 2021

In 2009, FIRST LEGO League teams addressed transportation problems within their community. 12 years later, one team’s Innovation Project turned business, school dismissals app PickUp Patrol, is in 3 countries, 34 states, and countless schools. Coach Maria Edvalson shares their journey to market.

Teaching the Future with Middle School Educator Tammy Hickey

Mar 31, 2021 By FIRST Staff

Christa McAuliffe’s “Teacher in Space” legacy reflects the incredible impact teachers like Tammy Hickey have on their students – and therefore, the future. Hickey, a former student of McAuliffe’s who now teaches Physical Education at Buffalo Creek Middle School in Florida, reflects on that impact.