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5 ways to prepare every student for the STEM economy

From FIRST® Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Director Shelley Henderson, discover how you can increase STEM engagement for your students with five strategies that can be employed at any school to create opportunities for all, especially underserved, underrepresented, and vulnerable students who may otherwise lack access. 

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New resource: FIRST Alumni Handbook

The new FIRST Alumni Handbook is full of tips and information for alumni to stand out to colleges and employers, propel their careers, and stay involved with FIRST

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FIRST is a place where I belong

During a presentation at his high school in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico, FIRST alum Eduardo Pineda had a feeling that FIRST was a place for him. He joined his high school’s team and gained a sense of belonging with his teammates and mentors, allowing him to build self-confidence and cement his interest in STEM.

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Alum makes career connections at Tesla through FIRST

FIRST alum Melanie Sanchez had a transformative meeting while competing with her team at the 2018 FIRST Championship. There, she met Tesla’s Chris Reilly and learned about an opportunity to intern at Tesla on workforce development and education programs, including building out a new Tesla initiative to get competitive robotics into every high school in Nevada.

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FIRST helped me break out of my shell

After joining her high school’s FIRST® Robotics Competition team on a whim, FIRST alum Jaci Brunning was provided the support she needed from her mentors to break out of her shell and become a team leader. Now a mentor, she passes on the same type of lessons and support to her team members.

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$80 million in scholarships available to FIRST alumni

The FIRST Scholarship Program can be a game changer for FIRST alumni. This year, 200 colleges, universities, and technical programs will make available $80 million in scholarship opportunities to high school FIRST® Tech Challenge and FIRST® Robotics Competition participants. Start exploring now and check back often as new opportunities will be added throughout the year.

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