How coding skills can benefit all students; U.S Department of Defense continues to support FIRST; FIRST alum becomes a Disney Imagineer
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Why All Students Should Learn to Code

FIRST® alum Joe Polin shares why every student should learn to code, regardless of their discipline.

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U.S. Department of Defense Continues to Support FIRST

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), a longtime supporter of FIRST, recently launched the Defense STEM Education Consortium (DSEC) to strengthen kindergarten through college STEM education and outreach programs across the United States. FIRST will administer DSEC grants to more than 1,000 FIRST® LEGO® League Jr., FIRST® LEGO® League, FIRST® Tech Challenge, and FIRST® Robotics Competition teams mentored by DoD employees, reaching thousands of K-12 students through the funds.

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FIRST Alum Becomes a Disney Imagineer

FIRST alum and mentor Emily Chu fell in love with robotics when she attended FIRST Championship as a six-year-old spectator. The recent Yale graduate, who studied mechanical engineering and geophysics, is now beginning her “dream job” as a Disney Imagineer, working in research and development for Disney theme parks.

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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.

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