Thursday, May 7, 2015

Parenting Pointers: US First

Recently the FIRST 2015 Championships were held in St. Louis. This event is a challenging robotics competition designed for young people who want a hands-on learning experience to develop and hone their skills and abilities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). High school students who participate in the FIRST Programs can even apply for more than $20 Million in college scholarships.

FIRST is committed to helping bridge the gender gap in STEM fields. They recently created a video featuring some of the young girls participating in the competition:

Did you know:
  • Young women who have participated in FIRST competitions are four times more likely to go on to studies in science and engineering.
  • Participants are ten times as likely to have an internship with a company 
  • Participants are significantly more likely to attend college
  • Participants are three times as likely to major in science and engineering

You and your kids (boys or girls) can get involved too. You can join or start a team in your area, and even sponsor a team. To find out more about the competition you can go to

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