Get involved in the sport where every kid can go pro!

Erin McCallum, President FIRST Washington

FIRST (For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Washington engages youth ages 6-18 in exciting mentor-based programs that build science and technology leaders. Along with 5,500 mentors and event volunteers, we serve 11,500 youth on 1,140 teams across 130 school districts in 33 of Washington’s 39 counties. While this is a powerful statement, it is not enough. With nearly 1.1 million K-12 Washington State students, the opportunity for growth is significant. Over 100,000 students are eligible to graduate each year, and yet Washington State employers are forced to look out of state to fill positions. Washington employers agree that in the next five years, 740,000 jobs in our state need to be filled  and they want these jobs filled by locally grown talent.

At FIRST, youth can progress through four programs that use project-based learning: FIRST LEGO League Jr. (grades K-4); FIRST LEGO League (grades 4-8); FIRST Tech Challenge (grades 7-12); and FIRST Robotics Competition (grades 9-12). Our programs stand out among other programs in that they immerse youth into a real-world engineering experience, a subculture of STEM that they can’t get in a traditional classroom. Under the leadership of a coach/mentor, youth form teams, meet regularly to solve a challenge, and participate in friendly sports-like competitions throughout the year. Our programs use robotics as the vehicle for students to learn to experiment, deal with failure, research a problem, and learn valuable career, communication, and teamwork skills. Students as young as six apply this learning to design a robot around an annual challenge that is applicable to the real world.

“I learned how to work more effectively as a team. I’m the team leader, and so trying to keep people on task, yet be patient with them at the same time.” – Carlos, FRC Wapato High School

While “robotics” may not be for everyone, kids are immediately drawn to the robot, which means kids from all abilities, economic circumstances, and ethnicities become engaged. The thrill of competition and playing a competitive sport that is built on science, technology and teamwork has the potential to outpace competitive sports such as soccer, football, basketball and lacrosse. FIRST participants are 50 percent more likely to go to college, and twice as likely to major in a STEM field. Roughly 40 percent of FIRST participants come from Title 1 schools, which have a higher percentage of disadvantaged kids. Forty-four percent of our participants are minority youth. Through our Girl’s FIRST Initiative, we have increased the number of girls participating from 28 to 36 percent across all four of our programs. Our goal is to reach 50 percent. Our vision is for every youth in Washington State to have the opportunity to participate in a FIRST program and to serve 22,000 youth by 2022.  Take a few minutes to get to know one of our teams, by watching The Nerdy Girls.

“I can actually build a robot and have it work! I learned how to work better.” – Alison, FLL team member

Companies like Boeing, Microsoft, and Amazon are betting their future on FIRST and FIRST Washington and we invite every member of SHPE to get involved. Together we can cross the chasm of engaging all Washington state schools.  Here is how you can help:

  1. Help educate state lawmakers about FIRST programs and the impact we are having in building a local workforce.
  2. Volunteer with FIRST Washington. There are students who need your time and talent and we promise it will be a rewarding and impactful experience for you as well. Visit
  3. All donations to FIRST Washington support teams. Donations may be restricted to a specific team or geographic area while unrestricted donations are allocated to teams with demonstrated need.

In our programs, students have the hardest fun of their lives. Together we can close the workforce development gap and ensure that young people are ready for Washington State’s jobs of tomorrow.  To get involved with FIRST Washington please visit:

“I feel like I can go anywhere or do anything because of this program.”

Space Grant Summer Camp for High School Students


My name is Isabel Carrera and I want to share with you a unique opportunity that the Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium has prepared for this summer. Mission Earth Scout One/Misión Exploración Tierra 1 is a four-week STEM summer camp on the University of Washington campus to inspire bilingual youth through hands-on activities. The program is also seeking to recruit certified teachers to serve as program mentors.

Participants will have fun learning about climate change while gaining valuable STEM skills such as problem-solving, creativity and collaboration. The camps will also give the students an opportunity to innovate, work with actual scientists in a variety of fields, and learn how they can make a change in the world.

During the camp, students will explore STEM careers through experiments, field trips, and visits to area museums and laboratories on the University of Washington campus. Students will interact with scientists while completing guided experiments and activities. These experiences will help students develop high-level research skills and subject matter expertise, and allow them to earn credentials valuable for college admission.

Program Dates and Location:

  • August 1- 26, 2016
  • Monday through Friday, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Application forms can be obtained through the website, both in English and Spanish:

Applications are due no later than June 3, 2016.

Please, help us to spread the word. I’m attaching a flyer in English and in Spanish to be distributed as your best convenience.

This is a low-cost summer camp, although, there will be a $5 fee per week for snacks (no lunch will be provided).

If you have any question, please contact me via email: or contact the Administrative Coordinator Juan Carlos Chávez:

Thanks for your support!

Best regards,

Isabel Carrera Zamanillo

School of Environmental and Forest Sciences
Graduate Fellow in Environmental Politics and Governance, Center for Environmental Politics

University of Washington

Campamento de Verano 2016

Summer Camp 2016

Social Media and Your Career

Ms. Rachael Brown, University Outreach Director from SHPE Puget Sound gave a special workshop on leveraging social media.  The workshop also discuss the dos and don’ts of posting on social media.

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SHPE at Seattle University, April 13th, 2016

Future Meets Present at UW

Over 50 students of underrepresented background learned about the concepts of engineering.  They also had workshops on how to apply for scholarships and toured the University of Washington student engineering labs and projects.  This event was made possible by funds from the SPEEA STEM Outreach Grant and collaboration with SHPE UW.Collage_Fotor_Future_Meets_Present-Apri23-2016Join us as we Inspire the Next Generation of ‪#‎STEM‬ Leaders!

Contact: for details

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Engineering Fair & Family Day


Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PST)

The Museum of Flight
9404 East Marginal Way South
Seattle, WA 98108

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Greetings Ladies & Gents,

The Puget Sound Engineering Council (PSEC), Society of Hispanic Professional (SHPE) along with many other Puget Sound organizations invite you & your families to join us for the PSEC annual Engineering Fair at The Museum of Flight! (Entrance is FREE)

Let’s continue to inspire the next generation of Scientist, Technology gurus, Engineers & Mathematicians as they continue to learn about the exciting career opportunities in the #STEM fields by talking to professionals in the field from NASA, Boeing and various universities. Student clubs will also be in force, and there will be plenty of hands-on activities for young children.

Please feel free to let us know if you have any questions, comments or concerns.

Thank You & See Ya there! 🙂

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We hope you can make it!

SHPE Puget Sound


Invitation to Write an Article

Dear SHPE PSC Members,

My name is Bruna Estrada and I am a member of the University of Washington School of Law’s Education Law and Policy Society (Ed-Law). We are an organization that has been working to address the legal issues in education since 2010, and this year are publishing the second volume of our journal style publication . Through this forum we seek to encourage discussion on education issues that impact all Washingtonians.

We publish the work of scholars, attorneys, students (K-12 and higher education), parents, teachers, school administrators, and all those who are impacted by education policies in Washington. With the release of our first volume in April of 2015, we kicked off an exciting new project for Ed-Law. Please check out the online version of our publication at

Launch Event: Click Here

This year we hope to collect papers from academic sources and students, and short reflections from acting legislators, judges, and policy organizations who have unique insight into the development of education policy in Washington. We are hoping you or someone in your office would consider contributing. Please see the attached “call for papers” for more details.

We are a non-partisan organization and welcome contributions from any organization or individual regardless of party affiliation. Our goal is to grow with each year and would be excited to include a contribution from you in our second volume of the Ed-Law publication.

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out. As mentioned the attached call for papers can provide more information on submission. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Call to Papers


[Email to SHPE Puget Sound Members, from Anna Servin]

YUPSMentor 2015:

Good morning SHPE PSC,

I hope this message finds you well!

My name is Anna Servin and I am the Volunteer Specialist at Year Up Puget Sound. We are a nonprofit organization that works with young adults that have been disconnected from the economic mainstream, providing them with education, job training and a 6 month internship with our corporate partners.


One aspect of a Year Up student’s journey is being paired with a professional mentor that supports them while they learn to navigate the professional landscape. Year Up mentors come from all walks of life and have various professional backgrounds. However, I am working to recruit more mentors that reflect how diverse our students are.

I’m writing to you today to ask if becoming a Year Up mentor is an opportunity that members of your group would be interested in.

The time commitment is flexible and mentoring is a great way to get involved and have an impact on the professional youth in Seattle.

If you would like to learn more, I would be happy to find time to come present to your group or schedule time chat one on one.

I’ve attached some more information about our program and the volunteer opportunities that we offer as well.

Please feel free to call my work phone number below if you have questions.

Thank you for your time and I hope that we can get (BLANK) excited about Year Up mentoring.


Anna Servin
Volunteer Specialist


Year Up Puget Sound

2607 2nd Avenue

Seattle, WA 98121

w: 206-962-6004
m: 360-772-4771


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