Plus, watch the FIRST Tech Challenge season trailer tomorrow, check out FIRST on the Food Network, and news from FIRST Strategic Partner NI
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FIRST® Tech Challenge season teaser premieres tomorrow

Visit the FIRST® Tech Challenge YouTube channel on June 25 at 12 pm ET to get your first peek at the 2020-2021 FIRST Tech Challenge game name and what teams will be tackling during FIRST® GAME CHANGERSSM powered by Star Wars: Force for Change.

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Celebrate innovation with FIRST® LEGO® League on Saturday

Join us Saturday, June 27, at 11 a.m. ET on FIRSTtv for the 10th annual Global Innovation Award presented by Disney, where 20 semi-finalist FIRST® LEGO® League teams will be recognized for their CITY SHAPERSM innovations, and you’ll have the opportunity to live vote for the Community Choice Award. Special guest speakers include Disney Imagineers Scott Trowbridge and Margaret Kerrison, who will dive into the design and creation of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge during a live Q&A with FIRST® alum Libby Kamen.

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FIRST LEGO League teams showcase accomplishments on new digital platform

More than ever, we must come together to innovate and solve problems. When schools are out and FIRST LEGO League teams are apart, we are still part of a thriving community brimming with inspiration, creativity, and hope. To bring teams together globally and recognize their achievements, FIRST launched the FIRST LEGO League Showcase for teams around the world to share what they’ve accomplished in the FIRST® RISESM powered by Star Wars: Force for Change season. Check out these amazing teams and learn more about their robots and Innovation Projects by visiting

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NI invests in FIRST® to #EngineerAmbitiously

Longtime FIRST Strategic Partner National Instruments, now NI, is renewing its partnership with FIRST through 2026, and the next phase will focus on making FIRST programs even more accessible to girls, students of color, and economically disadvantaged students. Read more about NI’s plan to “engineer ambitiously” from Tabitha Upshaw, Head of Corporate Impact, NI, on the Inspire blog.

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How to develop students’ holistic skills during distance learning

The latest Inspire blog post from the FIRST Education team explores how educators, parents, and coaches can use the FIRST Core Values to create an engaging environment through activities for students at home. The Education team has developed a series of free and flexible PreK-12 STEM activities for teachers, parents, and coaches to engage students in STEM learning, skill development, and fun in a variety of learning environments this summer.

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FIRST teams featured on Food Network’s Duff Takes the Cake

FIRST was featured on a recent episode of Food Network’s Duff Takes the Cake. Duff Goldman and his team of talented decorators delivered a Star Wars droid cake to FIRST® Robotics Competition students at the INFINITE RECHARGESM Los Angeles North Regional competition. Find out how to watch the “May the Cake be with You” episode on the

FIRST recognized as 2020 Gold Bulldog PR Award Winner

In recognition of a recent public relations and communications campaign, FIRST has been declared the Gold Award winner in the category of Best Not-for-Profit/Association Campaign for the 2020 Bulldog PR Awards, one of the industry’s most prestigious awards programs. The campaign was created in partnership with FIRST sponsors Disney and Lucasfilm.

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