FIRST space season announced, FIRST Championship highlights, the power of digital literacy, and NI extends support to FIRST Teams
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All Systems Go! FIRST Launch 2019 Announced

Fifty years after the first moon landing, the FIRST Launch 2019 season will explore space across all FIRST® programs.

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Record Crowds Attend FIRST Championship Detroit

Congratulations to all the teams who participated in the 2018 FIRST Championship Detroit presented by Qualcomm® Incorporated. In the second week of excitement, over 40,000 students, coaches, and supporters traveled to Detroit for the ultimate celebration of science and technology. Thank you to the sponsors and volunteers who helped make FIRST Championship an unforgettable experience for all who joined us in person and online.

Did you miss any of the action in Houston or Detroit? View highlights on the FIRST Twitch Channel, or the FIRST Championship photo gallery.

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Bringing Digital Literacy to Developing Countries

Roya Mahboob mentors FIRST® Robotics Competition Team 7329 “The Afghan Dreamers” — one of the winners of the Rookie Inspiration Award sponsored by NI at the 2018 FIRST Championship Detroit. She discusses the powerful changes created by empowering women and children with digital literacy in developing countries.

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NI Extends Cooperation to Accelerate STEM Education

National Instruments (NI) has extended a supply agreement with FIRST through May 2021. NI, a longtime Strategic Partner of FIRST, will continue to provide roboRio controllers and LabVIEW software to FIRST Robotics Competition teams, giving students access to the same technology used daily by professional engineers.

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