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FIRST® Newsletter - March 2017
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FIRST® Scholarship Program Reaches $50M

FIRST® announced a milestone in its FIRST Scholarship Program: In 2017, $50 million in college scholarship opportunities are being made available by nearly 200 Scholarship Providers to FIRST participants and Alumni.

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FIRST® LEGO® League Themes Make a Splash

Teams will soon dive into the water journey with FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. – AQUA ADVENTURE℠ and FIRST® LEGO® League – HYDRO DYNAMICS℠. Go behind the scenes with FIRST and LEGO® Education as they create the Challenges.

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FIRST Gets Bigger in Texas

In March and April, FIRST® Robotics Competition teams will compete in more than 140 events – including one brand-new Regional in Waco, Texas, where three close-knit teams are excited to welcome more teams into their community.

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FIRST Alumni Return As FIRST VISTAs

This season, FIRST Alumni make up 58 percent of AmeriCorps VISTA members for FIRST. From building sustainable teams in Title I schools in New York City to helping teams in rural Arizona obtain parts, FIRST VISTAs support underserved areas.

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FIRST TidBITS
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FIRST looked ahead to the 2018 FIRST Championship in Detroit with a Detroit Auto Show event featuring Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and General Motors.

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The 2017 FIRST Championship website is live! Learn how to volunteer in Houston and St. Louis, get event schedules, and more.

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Sloth Bear

FIRST LEGO League Team 16040 "FIRST Lancer LEGObots" used their ANIMAL ALLIES℠ Project to help the sloth bear at Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, FL.

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Now’s a great time to give FIRST® Tech Challenge a try. If you start a new team now, you can get a jump start for next season and a registration discount.

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Bailee Allen

FIRST Tech Challenge team founder Bailee Allen is one of several FIRST participants who won the 2017 NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing.

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Dr. AnnMarie Thomas, Director of the Playful Learning Lab at the University of St. Thomas, wrote about the playful side of STEM for the FIRST Inspire blog.

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FIRST Snapshots: FIRST Robotics Competition Team 4267 "Brave Bots" designed and built amazing Halloween costumes for kids who use wheelchairs.

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