Creating a safe and inclusive environment where students can learn and thrive.
Understanding of the FIRST® Core Values and how to connect them to your team sessions.
Resources and tips for structuring your team meetings and conflict resolution.
If your team is starting the year remotely or in a hybrid setting, our remote mentoring training can help you learn more about running safe and inclusive remote meetings, how to build a sense of community for your team, and further resources and support.
On February 28, 2021, FIRST® was also celebrating Black History Month where Mr. Randall C. Phillips was one of our African American (FIRST Senior Mentors) FSMs featured in their Social Media series. Phillips is our FSM covering Western TN, Eastern AR, & Northern MS for 3 years.
On February 16, 2021, Mr. Phillips also took part as a panelist in the FIRST® Innovation Challenge Expert Education Series, Episode 5 which aired on the same date. This was done LIVE and Recorded for reviewing now. Phillips is a very proud to be apart of both!!!
Mr. Phillips is a Business Mentor to a FIRST® Tech Challenge Robotics Team as well as a FIRST® Robotics Competition Team for 12 years. Presently and for the last 5 years, Phillips is coaching a FIRST® LEGO® League Explore Robotics Team and FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge Robotics Team. Mr. Phillips also Instructs in coding & programming as a Teaching Assistant, plus he assists his Curriculum and Instruction Manager at CodeCrew. Lastly, Mr. Phillips is also a contract Instructor for YWCA of Greater Memphis teaching software and computer skills. FIRST, CodeCrew, & YWCA are all non-profit organizations.
Continue to support us! STEM to STEAM to STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading/wRiting, Engineering, Mathematics) Robotics all wrapped inside!!!
As part of the FIRST® Innovation Challenge presented by Qualcomm, FIRST is hosting an expert educational series featuring conversations with innovators and essential tips teams can apply to succeed in the challenge. Topics may include:
business model education
careers in innovation
using CAD to show design
The three-month series will be a combination of informative webinars, Q&As and live panel discussions featuring dynamic FIRST alumni and experts from our sponsors, allowing teams to engage with real-world innovators and entrepreneurs.
For more info and a link to the sessions follow THIS LINK.
Due to Covid-19, TN Valley Robotics (TNVR) is offering to support classroom STEM robotics by offering grants for CLASS PACKS. If you are not familiar with Class PACKS you can read more about them HERE. This is available to schools within the TVA Service Area (shown as cyan in logo above). If you are a teacher and interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
FIRST does a lot of broadcasts on TWITCH, but last year twitch was dropped by Roku. Since this was my (editor’s) preferred way to watch these broadcasts, I searched for a new way to watch them (for the upcoming FIRST season) and found this video which does allow watching FIRST Twitch Channel on Roku.
This is not an official Roku channel and is not an official TWITCH app, so use at your own risk, but personally, I am using it because I love watching these on my bigger TV vs having to watch on my computer.
On November 12, FIRST partner Tallo is hosting a free virtual college fair specifically for FIRST students! We will introduce you to colleges who are looking for FIRST students because on your teams you have learned the skills and gained the necessary experience to be successful in the future. We’re using a new app, Ping by Tallo, to match you with colleges based on how your interests and preferences align with theirs. It’s a fast and easy way to learn about new schools who have great programs, choose who you want to connect with, and email their representatives a connection request.