Inspiration Is Everywhere

FIRST Inspires: My Story

Bringing STEM engagement to disadvantaged youth through community-based organizations

STEM Equity Grantees

FIRST Youth-Serving Organizations

 
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Gaining exposure and access to higher education

Carrie Ruddle

Pendleton County (West Virginia) 4-H

 
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Bringing schools together for STEM success

Heather Naviasky

Regional Manager of School Partnerships, the Y of Central Maryland

 
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Robotics opens doors for rural young women

Carolyn White

Grant and Public Support Manager, Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming

 
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FIRST is about constantly growing, learning, and improving

Connor Tinker

FIRST Alum, Volunteer, & Mentor

 
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Building STEM culture in Compton

Michael Kurinsky

Administrator of Educational Services-Secondary, Compton Unified School District
 

 
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Transformative learning through robotics

Melissa Jackson

Grants Manager, Boys and Girls Haven, Kentucky

 
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Strategies for creating STEM engagement opportunities in high-poverty schools

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FIRST School Districts

 
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FIRST taught me how to learn from my peers

Hans Mueller

FIRST Alum & Volunteer

 
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Teacher inspires a culture change through high school robotics and crowdfunding

Monique Dituri

FIRST Robotics Competition Mentor & STEM Teacher, Clifton High School, NJ

 
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I’m building leadership skills as a FIRST mentor

Max Goldstein

FIRST Alum & Mentor

 
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I’m still learning new job skills as a FIRST mentor

Rachel Clark

FIRST Alum and Mentor

 
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FIRST mentors change students’ lives

D. Scott Heister

Mentor, FIRST Robotics Competition Team 66 “Grizzly Robotics”; Ypsilanti STEMM Middle College Director, Michigan

 
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FIRST mentor leads students into brighter futures

Chelsey Roebuck

FIRST Alum, FIRST Robotics Competition Team 1218; Mentor, FIRST Robotics Competition Team 1660; Co-founder, Emerging Leaders in Technology and Engineering (ELiTE)

 
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FIRST helped me gain confidence to launch a manufacturing startup

Max Friefeld

FIRST Alum, FIRST Robotics Competition Team 687; Co-founder, Voodoo Manufacturing

 
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FIRST gave me a safe place to fail and problem-solve

Alex Kaplan

FIRST Alum & Mentor

 
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