Plus, an introduction to legacy giving and a special episode of podcast MASTERS OF SCALE with FIRST supporter and FIRST alum Austin Russell
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2024 FIRST® Championship Conferences Proposals

FIRST® is currently accepting proposals for the 2024 FIRST® Championship Conferences (April 17-20), part of the 2024 FIRST Championship presented by BAE Systems. Students, mentors, educators, coaches, volunteers, staff, and sponsors are welcome to submit a proposal by the February 9 deadline. Presenters will be notified in mid-March if selected. 

Learn more about submitting proposals >>

Host School Vacation Camps with FIRST Camp Resources

Introduce your students to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and life-changing FIRST programs by hosting a FIRST Camp. Using the FIRST Camp resources as your guide, get ready for an unforgettable STEM adventure filled with hands-on learning and teamwork. Your campers will participate in age-appropriate robotics and coding activities that will ignite their curiosity throughout the week-long camp experience.    

To run your camp, you’ll need access to FIRST® LEGO® League division or FIRST® Tech Challenge materials. You can register for a FIRST Class Pack or utilize prior-season materials if you’ve recently participated in FIRST.   

Learn more about Camp Resources >> and Austin Russell on MASTERS OF SCALE

FIRST alum Austin Russell started his company, Luminar Technologies, out of his parents’ garage when he was a teenager, and at age 17 he created revolutionary technology to let autonomous vehicles navigate safely.  

On a recent episode of the MASTERS OF SCALE podcast, Austin sat down with guest-host and FIRST supporter to discuss his story. 

Listen now >>

Introducing Our Legacy Giving Program

We are amazed by the incredible impact we can achieve when we come together as a community. To sustain our impact for generations to come, we are excited to announce the launch of our Legacy Giving Program! By including FIRST in your estate planning, you can ensure that our mission continues to thrive well into the future.  

Your legacy gift will empower us to inspire and educate through life-changing robotics programs that give young people the skills, confidence, and resilience to build a better world. Making a tax-smart donation is simple.

Learn more about estate planning or how to make a contribution via stock, Donor Advised Funds, or a Qualified Charitable Distribution >>

#PeopleofSTEAM: Meet Adi

Aditya (Adi) Mehrotra is a FIRST alum and a Mechanical Engineering graduate student at MIT. Using his FIRST-gained skills, Adi is able to add valuable knowledge and experience to his professional work as an instructor in the MIT D-Lab and as a member of the MIT Electric Vehicle Team.

Not only does he make an impact at MIT, but he has also spent time in Ghana working with Moving Health to use STEAM to address the issue of maternal mortality and is passionate about finding sustainable and renewable energy solutions for developing countries and using cinematography to change perceptions of these communities. 

Read more about how Adi uses STEAM to make an impact on his community and beyond >>
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