Plus, in Galactic Builders, we learn how two Mattel toy designers and a FIRST student are using their design and engineering skills.
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Nominations Open for Educators Recognition Program

The FIRST® community is full of dedicated and inspirational teachers. Here at FIRST, recognition is not only part of our name but core to our ethos, and that’s why we are proud to launch the Inspire the Future: FIRST Educators Recognition Program! Inspired by “Teacher in Space” Christa McAuliffe and our community of educators, we want to celebrate the FIRST teachers who impact and inspire their learning communities. Read more on the Inspire blog, and nominate an educator by December 17.

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Galactic Builders Season 2, Episode 3 Now Available

Lucasfilm and Disney are teaming up with FIRST for a second season of Galactic Builders. In episode 3, we learn how two Mattel toy designers and a FIRST student — Matthew from FIRST® Robotics Competition team "Athenian Robotics Collective” — are using their design and engineering skills to bring Star Wars characters to life. Watch the episode on the Star Wars Kids YouTube Channel.

How to Reengage Students with FIRST®

COVID-19 interrupted learning for students across the globe. Now hands-on education for students is more important than ever to engage young people in STEM through team-based, project-based learning. On the Inspire blog, FIRST Education Director Libby Simpson and School Engagement Director Vinnie Rodino share ways to grow or reinvigorate evidence-based FIRST robotics programs where funding opportunities are available.

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#WalkLikeWoodie Day is October 12

Join the FIRST community on Tuesday, October 12, as we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Woodie Flowers with Walk Like Woodie Day. Started by FIRST team “Camdenton LASER” in 2019 after Woodie’s passing, the day honors the FIRST Distinguished Advisor, who taught us how to carry ourselves with Gracious Professionalism®.

Share your memories, photos, thoughts, and tributes with #WalkLikeWoodie and follow the entire FIRST community as we walk #FIRSTFORWARD in his footsteps. See how the FIRST community gathered virtually to remember Woodie last year.

Our Supporters Move FIRST Forward!

As our 2020-2021 robotics season goes into full gear, we wanted to take a moment to recognize the amazing supporters who move our nonprofit forward. Whether you donate funds or give your time — or both — you’re making a direct investment in our future innovators and leaders. Thank you!

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