FIRST coming to Pharr and RGV!

Memorial High School – San Antonio, Texas
December 6, 2014 – FIRST

FIRST was founded in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. The 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.

FIRST has provided more than $20 million in college scholarships in 2014 according to its website ( and is supported by several large corporations to include: 3M, Boeing, FedEx, Google, GM, NASA, Time Warner Cable, Motorola, Johnson & Johnson and many more.

The City of Pharr Innovation & Technology department attended the “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology” (FIRST) competition of the year in San Antonio, Texas on December 6, 2014.

The City of Pharr Innovation & Technology department has started working with the members of FIRST-Alamo region to champion a formal program in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV). There are more than 10 teams participating in the FIRST program this year. The annual “kick off” presentation for the First Robotics Competition (FRC) will be January 3, 2015 at the Pharr Event Center.

“We are excited to work with FIRST and our communities leaders of tomorrow” said Jason Arms, Pharrs Innovation & Technology director. “As the operating partner for the valley, we will be able to work closely with school administrators to provide this program to the kids and help mentor them in pursing technology and science degrees” Arms added.

Various studies have been conducted about the effectiveness of these types of programs and on average, a student that has been involved in the FIRST program is 50% more likely to attend college and is often more interested in engineering and science as a major.

If you are interested in more information about FIRST and which school districts are involved in the program here in the RGV, please email  [email protected] or contact Jason Arms at 956.402.4900.