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What 15,000 Kids Taught Me About Creativity
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.
The Whole Child Curriculum Hidden in STEM Project-Based Learning
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.
Meeting in the Middle with Distance Learning
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
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. 
Global Teacher Prize Finalist Creates Change with Robotics
Teacher and FIRST mentor Glenn Lee, who co-founded Hawaii’s first robotics-related program, has been named a top ten finalist for the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize, selected from over 30,000 entries, for his pioneering efforts to ignite passion for STEM in his students through robotics.
It’s Not Special Treatment: The Case for Acting to Ensure Equity
Nancy Boyer, Director of Research and Evaluation at FIRST, explores how to reduce gaps in STEM skills and fuel STEM interest by rethinking how we teach youth without access to opportunities that build a foundation for STEM.
Inspiring the Next Generation of Scientists and Engineers: K–12 and Beyond
Preparing a 21st century workforce requires educators to actively engage students to become critical thinkers and active learners through challenging-based learning. FIRST engages students to work in teams with industry professionals and accomplish a specific science-based or engineering challenge through the exploration of multiple technologies and methodologies, including programming languages, computer-aided design, mechanics, electronics, and internet research.
5 Ways to Spur Student Growth and Opportunity Through Hands-On STEM
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.
Overcoming the STEM Opportunity Gap
Kids of all backgrounds, capabilities, and social circumstances are needed to address the world’s toughest challenges. FIRST President Donald E. Bossi explores how offering equitable opportunities and pathways can ensure all kids feel welcome, have a voice, and get an equal shot at finding success.
Marching for Science: We need STEM education and educated policymaking
On April 22, scientists and science supporters gathered at Sam Houston Park for the Houston March for Science. Just a mile away at the George R. Brown Convention Center, the 2017 FIRST Championship was underway.
How 3 Teachers Who Knew Nothing About Robotics Started a FIRST Program
When Maureen Reilly, fourth-grade teacher at PS 261 in Brooklyn, NY, decided to co-lead a FIRST® LEGO® League team at her school, she had no idea what to expect.

FIRST POWER UP Audience Displays

Feb 26, 2018 Written by Danny Diaz, FIRST Robotics Competition Systems Engineer.

Details about the FIRST POWER UP Audience Displays are here!

Events Start Next Week!

Feb 22, 2018 Written by Frank Merrick.

The 2018 FIRST POWER UP Events start next week! Make sure your team is ready with these helpful reminders!

Stop Build Day

Feb 20, 2018 Written by Frank Merrick.

It's Stop Build Day!

We Got Game! And More!

Feb 19, 2018 Written by Frank Merrick.

Week Zero wrap up, plus some important game reminders. And Stop Build Day is almost here!

FIRST Scholarship Program Community Resource

Feb 19, 2018 Written by FIRST Alum Peyton Fitzgerald

FIRST changed my life, as I speak to in this article, not just in terms of engineering, but also helping me afford college by connecting me to scholarship opportunities through the FIRST Scholarship Program.

Week Zero

Feb 16, 2018 Written by Frank Merrick.

Week Zero is finally here! I can't wait to see FIRST POWER UP play for the first time! If you are hosting an event, make sure your scale has the outriggers attached!

Award Deadlines

Feb 14, 2018 Written by Frank Merrick.

Remember that submissions for the Dean's List and Entrepreneurship Award are due on Thursday, February 15 before 3pm ET!

A Quick(ish) Reminder

Feb 12, 2018 Written by Kate Pilotte, Kit of Parts Manager.

Don't forget to use your Vouchers!