Plus, professional development at 2024 FIRST Championship and closing the gender gap in STEM
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2024-2025 Season Reveal

Can you feel the suspense rising? We'll be flooding our social media feeds with the reveal of the 2024-2025 FIRST® season on April 20 at 1:00 p.m. ET. 👀💧

Follow FIRST on social media to be the first to know: LinkedIn | Instagram | Facebook

Article: Young Women In STEM: How Businesses Can Help Close The Gender Gap

Providing female students with opportunities that not only ignite excitement around STEM learning, but help them see themselves in the STEM fields, is a critical piece in closing the workforce gender gap. In Forbes, FIRST CEO Chris Moore discusses the importance of female representation in shaping career paths and how companies can inspire young girls to pursue STEM by providing role models and encouraging STEM exploration:

“If female students do not see women astronauts, doctors or other professionals celebrated, then they will understandably assume there is no similar place for them in STEM – not true.”

Read more via Forbes >>

2024 FIRST® Championship Sponsors

FIRST today announced a growing list of STEM industry leaders as sponsors for the 2024 FIRST Championship, the world’s largest celebration of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) for students, happening in Houston, Texas, (April 17-20, 2024) this spring. 

Check out the press release for more on FIRST Championship sponsors >>

Professional Development at 2024 FIRST Championship

Join us Monday, April 15, and Tuesday, April 16, in Houston, Texas, for immersive Professional Development experiences. Work with other teachers, facilitators, coaches, and mentors to acquire or strengthen project-based learning facilitation skills and gain experience with all aspects of one of the FIRST programs.  

We will be hosting in-person sessions on: 

🤖 FIRST® LEGO® League Discover & Explore Combined

🤖 FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge

🤖 FIRST® Tech Challenge

As part of FIRST Championship, we will also be hosting FREE conferences April 17-19 on a wide variety of topics such as program-specific resources, workforce development, school and education implementation, and more. Download the 2024 FIRST Championship App to see the full conference schedule. 

More information on Professional Development sessions and registration costs can be found on the FIRST Professional Development page >>

FIRST Signing Day is May 20, 2024

FIRST celebrates the successes of all graduates and takes pride in being part of their journey and future achievements.

FIRST Signing Day is when the FIRST Community recognizes the accomplishments of graduating participants and celebrates them as they become FIRST alumni.  Share congratulations and words of advice for the Class of 2024 on social using the hashtags #FSD2024 and #FIRSTAlumni. 

Learn more about graduation and FIRST Signing Day >>

FIRST® Tech Challenge Academy is Coming to Florida and California

Coaches, educators, and mentors – join us this summer for a five-day immersive, hands-on learning experience about all things robots and FIRST.  

The FIRST Tech Challenge Academy professional development is a 40-hour in-person course that gives attendees a deep understanding of a FIRST Tech Challenge season and how to implement the program to achieve STEM learning objectives.  

The Academy will be hosted in two locations:  

🚀 Monday, June 10, 2024, through Friday, June 14, 2024, at Forest Lake Academy near Orlando, Florida.

🚀 Monday, July 29, 2024, through Friday, August 2, 2024, at Davis Middle School Campus in Compton, California

Learn more about FIRST Tech Challenge Academy >>
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