Paying It Forward and Having a Blast
Brothers from the University of Maryland shown volunteering at a FIRST® Robotics Competition off-season event in Baltimore earlier this month. (Photo courtesy of Jenny Beatty)

Since forming a partnership with the FIRST® organization as part of Sigma Phi Delta’s outreach efforts, university chapters around the country are engaging as volunteers, judges, coaches, and mentors for students in all four FIRST® programs for students in K-12.

Brothers from the University of Maryland answered the call last year and are already engaged as volunteers before the 2017 FIRST® seasons have even begun. The brothers were part of the Field Reset crew for the Battle O' Baltimore event held Sept. 24, 2016.

Local FIRST® reps were invited to present at a recent Chapter meeting and had a full house of brothers looking to get involved. Together, they will be working on a plan for volunteering at upcoming FIRST® Tech Challenge (middle/high school), FIRST® LEGO League (elementary/middle school), and FIRST® Robotics Competition (high school) events over the next six months. While the challenge is coordinating event schedules with busy exam periods and intersessions, the brothers remain committed to supporting FIRST® students (and future SPD members).

Andy Morales, UM Chapter Philanthropy Chair and local POC this past year, will be working with Jenny Beatty from STEMaction/FIRST® over the next few weeks to write a help manual for new FIRST® teams in the Maryland/DC area for the FIRST® Tech Challenge program. Andy had a relevant class assignment and approached Jenny to discuss collaboration on upcoming technical writing projects. (Andy is 4th from the left in the photo above.)

All Chapters are encouraged to get involved with FIRST® in their community. For more information on getting started, contact Thomas Bruestle, SPD/FIRST® Relationship Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.

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