Global Robotics Community FIRST Prepares Students To Thrive as Adults in a Rapidly Changing World

Global Robotics Community FIRST Prepares Students To Thrive as Adults in a Rapidly Changing World

By Tod Perry
A FIRST mentor encourages a student
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A FIRST mentor encourages a student. Image courtesy of Upworthy via FIRST

FIRST Championship. Image courtesy of Upworthy via FIRST

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FIRST is a global nonprofit that provides robotics-based programs and mentorship from adult volunteers such as educators and STEM professionals to students ages 4 to 18. FIRST is a mission-based robotics community that aims to get kids excited about STEM and allows them to build these talents, along with critical life skills such as communication and leadership, through team-based robotics competitions.

Wireless communications innovator Qualcomm Incorporated is another multinational company that supports FIRST. It has been hiring FIRST students because of their advanced skill sets since 2006.

“They’re working on robots and learning things like coding and critical thinking, but they also have 21st-century skills like teamwork and the ability to collaborate with students that come from diverse backgrounds. Those are all things that are important in the workplace,” Natalie Dusi, corporate social responsibility manager at Qualcomm Incorporated, told Upworthy.

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