Share your #WoodieFlowers memories; Christa McAullife coin bill signed into law
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Remembering Woodie Flowers

With heavy hearts, we share the sad news that Dr. Woodie Flowers has passed away. He will be greatly missed by the entire FIRST® community. A message from FIRST leadership about Woodie can be found on the Inspire blog, and more information about celebrating his life and legacy will be available in the coming days. We invite you to add to the notes of condolences and reflections about Woodie in a comment on the Inspire blog, on social media using the hashtag #WoodieFlowers, or on the Memorial Fund page.

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Christa McAuliffe coin bill signed into law

On Wednesday, October 9, U.S. President Donald Trump signed into law a bill instructing the U.S. Treasury to mint and issue up to 350,000 commemorative coins honoring Christa McAuliffe. The coin will honor Christa’s legacy not just by celebrating her life and service, but by designating additional funds to FIRST. The coins will be minted in 2021, the 35th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.

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Tour an Amazon warehouse on FIRSTtv

Tomorrow, October 17, at 7 p.m. ET, tune into FIRSTtv to see how your Prime package is processed, packaged, and shipped to your door. Join us as we tour a New Jersey-based Amazon warehouse to see the innovative robotic elements Amazon uses each day. There will be a live Q&A, interactive polls, and giveaways.

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Episodes 2 and 3 of Galactic Builders available now

Galactic Builders, powered by Star Wars: Force for Change, brings FIRST teams together with engineers and designers to explore how STEM plays a key role in making Star Wars stories and products come to life. In Episode 2 of Galactic Builders, FIRST students from FIRST® LEGO® League Team “Thunderbots” (Sacramento, CA) and FIRST® Robotics Competition Team “Citrus Circuits” (Davis, CA) visit Lucasfilm headquarters to learn what it takes to build and operate a droid from BB-8 creator, engineer, and robotics expert Matt Denton.



Don’t miss Episode 3, where Walt Disney Imagineers give FIRST teams a behind-the-scenes look at the robotics that brought Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to life.

5 quotes to live by from Soledad O’Brien

Soledad O’Brien, a longtime supporter of FIRST, award-winning journalist, speaker, author, philanthropist, and founder/CEO of the Starfish Media Group, is a fierce advocate for education. As we look forward to honoring O’Brien at the 2019 FIRST, Inspire Gala, we’re sharing five of her most inspirational quotes.

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Legally blind FIRST alum pursues engineering career

The Boston Globe recently profiled FIRST alum Jack Duffy-Protentis, who is legally blind. Encouraged by the community and teamwork he experienced on FIRST Robotics Competition Team 4176 “Iron Tigers,” Jack is now excelling as an engineering student at FIRST Scholarship Provider Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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