Remembering Kendrick Castillo; how our programs will celebrate the 2019-2020 FIRST RISE season; tips for new coaches and mentors
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For Inspiration & Recognition of Science and Technology

FIRST® RISESM Season Details

FIRST® RISESM, powered by Star Wars: Force for Change, will bring students from across the galaxy together to explore the future of cities and architecture, building communities filled with inspiration, creativity, and – most importantly – hope.


FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. teams will use their imagination to create something that makes cities better in BOOMTOWN BUILDSM.


FIRST® LEGO® League teams will explore city life over time and create new, innovative solutions to improve it for the future in CITY SHAPERSM.


FIRST® Tech Challenge teams will push forward and up into the skies – and shift the way we think about our place in the galaxy – in SKYSTONESM, presented by Qualcomm.


FIRST® Robotics Competition teams will work toward building a new metropolis, harnessing renewable sources of energy to power the grid, generate new growth, and keep our community engaged, in INFINITE RECHARGESM.

© & ™ 2019 Lucasfilm Ltd.

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Spreading the Impact of FIRST® for all Kids

FIRST® President Don Bossi spoke with EdTech Digest about new initiatives FIRST is working on to support coaches and mentors inside and outside the classroom.

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A Veteran Mentor’s Advice for New Coaches

In celebration of Teacher’s Appreciation Week, we caught up with the 2018 Woodie Flowers Award winner, Gail Drake. Drake shared her favorite things about FIRST and tips for new coaches and mentors.

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How to Support Team 4418 in Memory of Kendrick Castillo

We're heartbroken by the death of Kendrick Castillo, a victim of the STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting in Colorado. Kendrick was a member of FIRST Robotics Competition Team 4418, STEM Impulse. In response to the outpouring of support and desire to help by the FIRST community, we have created a fundraising campaign in support of Team 4418 and the family as they mourn and remember Kendrick and recover with all the victims in their community. So far, the FIRST community has raised more than $50,000 from 1,000+ donors for the memorial fund.

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