FIRST 2013 Annual Reportv2 - page 10-11

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Celebrating
DIFFERENCES
WorkingPeacefully
GettingArabs and Jews toworkpeacefully together is never a small
feat. That’s exactlywhat
FIRST
®
RoboticsCompetition (FRC
®
)
MentorMohamedAbuFawdah, anArab Israeli, didby creating
theworld’s firstMuslimArabFRC teambased in Israel. His team
participates inFRC alongside over forty Jewish Israeli teams. It
turnedout that all of their differences never showed upon the team
members’ radar.
Fawdah had toovercome not only deep religious barriers, but cultural
ones aswell.With very strict social guidelines, gettingArabgirls to join
his teamof predominately Jewishboys took someparental persuasion.
Working late into the night on robotswas also aproblem for the girls, but
Fawdah’s gentle leadershipovercame that obstacle, too. Nowboys and
girls on the team share responsibilities and accolades equally, and have
become great friends aswell.
For Fawdah andhis team, combining technology, robots, and kids of all
kinds under the
FIRST
banner
canbuild trust between communities
andopportunities for all.
“FIRSTproves that you can have friends that don’t look
or talk like you… it’s really empowering.”
Celebrating
TURNINGPRO
“DidFIRSThelpyougetan internshipor job?”
TessaCorrine
Yes!My
FIRST
experiencedirectly led
tome getting amarketing job...
Charlie Franklin
FIRST
gaveme the confidence to speak in front of
audiences, which helpedme land a jobhelpingpeoplewith
learningdisabilities…best job in theworld!
VictoriaBurg
YES! Right out of high school I had a job
because ofmy
FIRST
experience.
JenniferNold
My daughter was hired at an engineering company doing
CADwhen shewas 16because of her
FIRST
experience.
ChristopherThompson
My experience helpedme secure an
internshipwithNASA...
MatthewMook-Sang
Internships and eventually entrepreneurship!
This iswhy I continue as a
FIRST
Mentor
andSponsor!
AaronHall
So farmy
FIRST
experience has
helpedme get four joboffers.
YAARAABUFAWDAH | FRCALUMNA
Societies get the best ofwhat they celebrate.”
DR.WOODIEFLOWERS
FIRST
ExecutiveAdvisoryBoardChairman
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