Ignite Kids' Passion for STEM through Lego and Robots!

Jun 13, 18

First Washington Logo

WSIPC is thrilled to announce that our charity for WASWUG Fall is the largest after-school STEM focused program in Washington State – FIRST Washington.

FIRST Washington’s mentor-based programs build STEM skills, inspire innovation, and foster well-rounded life skills including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. Participants are immersed in a fun, team-based learning environment created to encourage their interests, teach the benefits of collaboration, boost self-confidence, and illuminate the exciting world of STEM study and careers.

FIRST Washington offers four amazing programs for children aged 6 – 18:

First Lego League Jr
First Lego® League Jr. (Ages 6-9)

An exciting opportunity for the youngest budding scientists, First Lego® League Jr. is a hands-on program designed to capture young children's curiosity and direct it toward discovering how science and technology impact the world around them. Learn more.

First Lego® League (Ages 9-16)

By building LEGO based robots to complete tasks, students are introduced to real world engineering challenges, and discover the exciting ways they can use science and technology to improve their world. Learn more.

First Tech Challenge (Ages 12-18)

Teams are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots. Guided by adult Coaches and Mentors, students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles while working together and sharing ideas. Participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have!” Learn more.

First Robotics Competition (Ages 14-18)

Dubbed the varsity “Sport of the MindTM,” students are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. It's as close to "real-world" engineering as a student can get. Learn more.

Professional Development for Teachers

FIRST Washington also helps K-12 school teachers gain the skills and confidence to teach students Computer Science (CS) and STEM through robotics. Since 2016, over 400 Washington teachers have taken STEM Robotics 101 PD and are using its free and customizable OSPI approved curriculum.

How You Can Help

  • Donate online and enter “WASWUG Charity Partner” under “What inspired you to make a gift today?"
  • Purchase fun WASWUG items onsite at the conference
  • Make a cash, check, or credit card contribution onsite at the conference
  • Donate your time by becoming a Volunteer or Mentor
To learn more, see the WASWUG Gives Back page on our website.

What's going to happen next in STEM is happening here - FIRST!
Come to our WASWUG Fall conference, and get involved!
WSIPC is a non-profit cooperative that provides technology solutions (including Skyward), services, and support to K-12 schools. WSIPC’s purpose is to help schools do more with every dollar and to empower them with the tools to work smarter.