Plus, empowering women in STEM and supporting the legacy of FIRST
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Turning 35 this year: 

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In 1989, prolific inventor, Dean Kamen founded FIRST as a nonprofit to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators. 

This month marks 35 years of FIRST. That is 35 years of inspiring millions of young people around the world with life-changing robotics programs. We invite you to celebrate with us and help support the mission that is giving young people the skills, confidence, and resilience to build a better world. 

Support today: 

Supporting the Legacy of FIRST®: Don and Susan Bossi

Don and Susan Bossi know it takes a village to grow life-changing FIRST programs to reach every student, everywhere. They’ve been part of the village for more than a decade, helping to advance the FIRST mission across the globe.  

Don was the CEO of the FIRST organization from 2013 to 2019. During that time, both he and Susan volunteered in many capacities, from assembling FIRST® LEGO® League kits to giving their time as event volunteers. Don now serves on the Board of Directors. Don and Susan are also donors, and their continued generosity supports the legacy of FIRST for generations to come. 

Read more about the Bossi family's support of the FIRST legacy >>

Article: Need STEM Talent? Your Business has a Moral Responsibility to Empower Young Women in STEM

FIRST CEO Chris Moore sat down with Karen Horting, Executive Director and CEO of FIRST Strategic Alliance Society of Women Engineers (SWE), to discuss why women continue to be underrepresented in the STEM workforce and how mentorship and real-life examples help inspire girls to see themselves in STEM roles. 

Read more on LinkedIn >>

Alumni: How to turn your FIRST Experience into your STEM Dream Job

Showcasing your FIRST experience can be the key that opens up opportunities for your dream job.  

Job Search Research Strategist and Executive Recruiter, Ilene Rein, shares insider secrets to teach you how to market yourself to employers.  

Read more from Ilene's blog post >>

Partnering to Foster Confidence

FIRST is committed to expanding the engagement and advancement of girls and women in STEAM. To foster greater participation in STEAM for everyone, we partner with sponsors like FIRST Strategic Partner Novelis.

We recently spoke with students from three all-girl teams in South Korea supported by Novelis and loved what they had to say about the impact of FIRST on their skills, confidence and more. 

Check it out >>
OUR VISION: “ transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders.”
— Dean Kamen, Founder