Plus, a FIRST student’s wheelchair innovation enables a new dad to stroll with his child, and we celebrate our 2021 Volunteers of the Year!
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Save the Date: CARGO CONNECTSM Release

Save the date for a special delivery! FIRST® LEGO® League CARGO CONNECTSM details will be released Tuesday, August 17, at Noon ET, driving participants (ages 4-16) full speed ahead into the world of transportation. Season materials for the Challenge, Explore, and Discover divisions will be available for download as well as CARGO CONNECT specific wallpapers, social graphics, and posters. Sign up to be notified.

Thank you to sponsors LEGO, Amazon Future Engineer, LEGO Education, The LEGO Foundation, and Rockwell Automation for making the CARGO CONNECT materials release possible as part of the 2021-2022
FIRST® FORWARDSM presented by Qualcomm season.

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FIRST® Student Creates Wheelchair Innovation

Inspiration. Teamwork. Communication. Engineering design. FIRST students and alumni know that’s a winning formula for building a better world. Jacob Zlotnitsky used those FIRST-built skills as one of ten high school students from Bullis School who rose to the challenge to innovate a solution that enabled new father Jeremy King to safely take his child for strolls while operating his wheelchair.

For more about how Jacob, of FIRST® Tech Challenge Team 9667 “Bullis Gold,” aided in the development process and created incredible impact for the King family, read the Washington Post.

August Professional Development Available
Join our upcoming remote FIRST Certified Professional Development courses on August 21 and 28 for FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Tech Challenge and prepare for the upcoming school year. Each course provides the necessary tools to bring FIRST programs to your classroom or a structured afterschool program. We’ll have additional in-person and remote cohort dates to announce soon.
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Congratulations, 2021 FIRST Volunteers of the Year!

In a year in which all FIRST volunteers rose to the challenge to ensure teams were still able to participate in meaningful ways, a few volunteers were recognized by their peers for their extraordinary impact. Congratulations to the 2021 FIRST Volunteers of the Year:

  • FIRST LEGO League recognized David Baran from Maryland and Sofia Bensouda from Morocco (Challenge Division) and Rick Ramhap from Long Island, New York, and Stephen Swartzentruber from Ontario, Canada (Explore Division). Read more.

  • FIRST Tech Challenge recognized FIRST Alumni Thomas Barnette and Trey Woodlief from North Carolina. Read more.

  • FIRST® Robotics Competition recognized David Greenley from Pennsylvania and Peter Johnson from California. Read more.
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