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Building Future Inventors, Disruptors and Technologists Is Exciting and Fun!

Matt Grob | Posted 04.28.2017 | Technology
Matt Grob

It's easy to assume that technology will always march on, and that our devices will always get better, faster and cheaper. But without inventors, disruptors, scientists and engineers, our culture of creative innovation would not exist.

All-Girls FIRST Tech Team Beta Tests New Snapdragon-based Android Platform

Natalie Kalin | Posted 12.17.2016 | Teen
Natalie Kalin

Of all the push towards STEM activities among young students, FIRST is likely one of the best programs to succeed in engaging youth in science and eng...

Modern Design Competition Allows Middle School Students to Invent and Patent their Own Creations

Natalie Kalin | Posted 08.12.2016 | Science
Natalie Kalin

The patent process is a nightmare for an adult, let alone younger patrons. Fortunately FIRST--an organization dedicated to bringing STEM programs and activities to young students--is giving middle schoolers an opportunity to invent and patent their own designs without any of these obstacles.

Calling All Young Ladies for FIRST Robotics

Natalie Kalin | Posted 05.26.2016 | Science
Natalie Kalin

If you are a woman--good. There's no finer thing to be. Actually, I take that back. A finer thing is to be a woman AND to be in FIRST Robotics. ...

5 Reasons Teenagers Should Join FIRST Robotics

Natalie Kalin | Posted 06.16.2015 | Teen
Natalie Kalin

More than just the networking, though, the friends and students I have met in my FIRST robotics experience have been some of the greatest people I have ever met.

What Can Mentoring Organizations Learn From Each Other? What Data Is Missing?

Tara Chklovski | Posted 02.10.2015 | Education
Tara Chklovski

We were just able to pull high level metrics such as increased interest in STEM, overall reach, contact hours etc. They are a step forward, but there is so much more data that we can gather to draw a more nuanced picture that will be helpful for the field.

Technology Is Bringing Back the Apprenticeship Model. It Just Has a Different Name - Mentoring

Tara Chklovski | Posted 01.03.2015 | Education
Tara Chklovski

While most mentoring organizations share these learning environment characteristics, we have profiled at least one for each to provide an example of how this framework is being currently practiced in the field.

David Sands

What Are These Robots Doing In Detroit Schools?

HuffingtonPost.com | David Sands | Posted 08.15.2012 | Detroit

Robots are designed to help humans to do everything from sweep floors to build cars. In Detroit, they also help young people with a task that's less t...