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FIRST eNews: Investing in the Future Workforce, 4-H/FIRST Alliance, and more

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FIRST eNews: Investing in the Future Workforce, 4-H/FIRST Alliance, and more

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In this issue:
> Science and Technology Rock the Georgia Dome at the 2009 FIRST Championship
> A Letter from President Paul R. Gudonis
> FIRST Looks Forward to 2009/10 Season
> Strategic Partners Invest in Future Workforce Through FIRST
> Alliances Corner
> Robert L. Parkinson, Jr. Joins FIRST Board of Directors
> The Value of Gracious Professionalism? Priceless!
> Roger Williams University Awards Scholarships to FLL Team
> FIRST Alumnae Named Presidential Scholar
> FIRST LEGO League Graduates Engineers
> Spotlights - June 2009
> FIRST Notes

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ROCK THE GEORGIA DOME AT THE 2009 FIRST CHAMPIONSHIP
More than 10,000 students from 28 countries and 532 custom-built
robots swarmed Atlanta’s Georgia Dome, April 16-18, to compete
in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Championship, FIRST Tech
Challenge (FTC) World Championship, and FIRST LEGO® League (FLL) World Festival.
More... (http://www.usfirst.org/who/content.aspx?id=13670)

A LETTER FROM PRESIDENT PAUL R. GUDONIS
Just a short time ago, we wrapped up a terrific 2008/09 season with
an outstanding FIRST Championship. We brought home with us
so many great memories; so many heartfelt stories to be shared
with family and colleagues. More...
(http://www.usfirst.org/who/content.aspx?id=13638)

FIRST LOOKS FORWARD TO 2009/10 SEASON
As summer sets in, there is no time to rest for FIRST programs as
the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) and FIRST Tech Challenge
(FTC) gear up for their new seasons, and FIRST LEGO League (FLL)
and Junior FIRST LEGO League (Jr.FLL) prepare to launch the
"Smart Move" Challenge.

STRATEGIC PARTNERS INVEST IN FUTURE WORKFORCE THROUGH FIRST
Eleven companies have stepped up their support of FIRST with
major investments, becoming FIRST Strategic Partners.

ALLIANCES CORNER
At the FIRST Championship, Girl Scouts gathered to celebrate the
one-year anniversary of the FIRST-Girl Scouts of the USA alliance
(http://www.usfirst.org/who/content.aspx?id=13626), and the
National 4-H Council (http://www.usfirst.org/who/content.aspx?id=13622)
announced that it will join forces with FIRST to expand its
existing robotics programs and promote scientific learning
and life-skills building among students in grades K-12.

ROBERT L. PARKINSON, JR. JOINS FIRST BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Parkinson has demonstrated enormous personal commitment to
ensuring that future generations are given every opportunity to be
educated and inspired by science. More...
(http://www.usfirst.org/who/content.aspx?id=13598)

THE VALUE OF GRACIOUS PROFESSIONALISM? PRICELESS!
What began as a nightmare turned into a dream come true, thanks to
FIRST team members around the country who understand ? and
practice ? the true meaning of Gracious Professionalism(TM).
More... (http://www.usfirst.org/who/content.aspx?id=13612)

ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS TO FLL TEAM
For the first time in the 10-year history of the FIRST LEGO League
(FLL) program, a New England college has offered scholarships to the
competition’s winners. More...
(http://www.usfirst.org/who/content.aspx?id=13634)

FIRST ALUMNAE NAMED PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLAR
Ilana Walder-Biesanz is one of only three students in Oregon to be
named as a 2009 Presidential Scholar, one of the nation's highest
honors for high-school students. More...
(http://www.usfirst.org/who/content.aspx?id=13592)

FIRST LEGO LEAGUE GRADUATES ENGINEERS
"I returned to school to learn more about LEGO MINDSTORMS®
so I could be a better FLL coach. Now, I'm the one
with the degree!" - FLL Coach Marie Bush
(http://www.usfirst.org/who/content.aspx?id=13714)

SPOTLIGHTS - JUNE 2009

New Faces at FIRST...
(http://www.usfirst.org/who/content.aspx?id=13680)

On Teams...
> FLL Team Visits White House
(http://www.usfirst.org/who/content.aspx?id=13550)
> FLL Team Receives Provisional Patent Application
(http://www.usfirst.org/who/content.aspx?id=13542)
> Pennies from Heaven
(http://www.usfirst.org/who/content.aspx?id=13544)

On Students...
> Kimani Emmanuel Tackles Environmental Issues and Global Peace
(http://www.usfirst.org/who/content.aspx?id=13694)

On Mentors/Volunteers...
> Volunteer Rallies Atlanta-based Filipino Community to Help Team
(http://www.usfirst.org/who/content.aspx?id=13606)
> UL - FIRST Volunteerism at its Best
(http://www.usfirst.org/who/content.aspx?id=13570)
> VirginiaFIRST Receives Technology Association Award
(http://www.usfirst.org/who/content.aspx?id=13572)

On Alumni...
> WPI Freshman Explains Why FIRST is First with Coleman Family
(http://www.usfirst.org/who/content.aspx?id=13556)

On Parents/Families...
> Robot Driving Runs in Family
(http://www.usfirst.org/who/content.aspx?id=13562)

On Sponsors...
> PTC Wins Community Partnership Award
(http://www.usfirst.org/who/content.aspx?id=13578)

FIRST NOTES

FIRST Annual Fund
Ends June 30, 2009. Donate now (http://www.usfirst.org/donate)

FIRST Championship
View photo galleries (http://picasaweb.google.com/marianmurphy150)
View wrap video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4r1d0vJs78)

FIRSTCommunity Site
for FIRST alums, students, mentors, coaches, and volunteers.
It only takes a few minutes and it's free.
Sign up today! (http://firstcommunity.usfirst.org/)

FRC and FTC Approved
for NASSP National Advisory List of Contests and Activities for
2009-2010 (http://www.usfirst.org/who/content.aspx?id=13308)

Get Latest FRC News
Bill's Blog for FRC (http://frcdirector.blogspot.com/)

FIRST in the News
View recent coverage by Oprah Magazine, Forbes, ABC World News Tonight,
ABC Ahead of the Curve, CNN, and more.
(http://www.usfirst.org/who/content.aspx?id=156)

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