August 24, 2010
Since learning about FIRST in 2007, our company has supported FIRST programs and I have personally participated in programs and at events. What I have observed is an amazing program that engages children from grade school through high school in more than just robotics, it gets them interested in technology, science and math careers. It takes something that could be intimidating and presents it in a way that all can learn and participate. Not only does it support STEM education but teaches SO MUCH MORE. Its theme of Gracious Professionalism teaches students that it is inot always about winning but the importance of working together and helping others. In addition, teams and partcipants are encouraged to share the message in the community, mentor younger children and provide community service. It is a remarkable organization and I am proud to be a part of the FIRST family.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
seeing the impact it has on children. Their unbounded enthusiasm for learning and being challenged is truly special and unique. The kids have to work really hard and embrace the opportunity.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
the interaction with the students, the expressions on their faces and the passion they have.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
Bring FIRST to kids of all ages in all countries. It is truly inspirational and I wish more US schools could participate in the program. Since the program is focused on robotics and traveling to competitions, costs at the school level can grow quickly.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every month
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Donor & I manage our companies community service program. We selected FIRST as our strategic partner in our STEM education initiative. In addition to donating funds to FIRST programs, teams, events and scholarships, I also volunteer for FIRST at events and serve.