Celebrate Star Wars and STEM with a Second Season of Galactic Builders

Celebrate Star Wars and STEM with a Second Season of Galactic Builders



The first episode of the new season, featuring creators from Lucasfilm and FIRST robotics teams, is available now

September 14, 2021 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Lucasfilm and Disney have announced that they are once again teaming up with the global robotics community FIRST® for a second season of Galactic Builders powered by Star Wars: Force for Change, which debuted today on the Star Wars Kids YouTube channel and StarWarsKids.com. The season will have a four-episode run, with new episodes released every Tuesday.

You can watch the first episode here.

The Galactic Builders series highlights how Lucasfilm and close affiliates use their technical skills to bring Star Wars stories, droids, and products to life. This season, we hear from Julie Kogura (Lucasfilm Animation Associate Post Production Manager), Psy DeLacy (Pixar Technical Director and Droid Builder), Edward Duncan (Mattel Global Head of Design for Action Figures, Plush, and Inventor Relations) and Denise Wong (Mattel Senior Manager – Product Design), and Zander Defechereux (ILMxLAB Gameplay Engineer).

The episodes spotlight FIRST students and mentors who are using their science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills to be forces for good in their communities.

“Galactic Builders shows how each individual member of a team brings their own unique set of skills and talents to overcome a challenge,” says Lucasfilm’s Julie Kogura. “Revealing how diverse ideas can lead to a success or breakthrough is an important lesson in this series that I think we can all learn from. And, it’s inspiring to see FIRST encourage this collective problem-solving in their youth robotics programs to help young people develop the skills they’ll need to succeed now and in the future.”

FIRST and The Walt Disney Company are committed to inspiring the next generation of diverse creators, thinkers, and leaders. As a supporter of FIRST, Disney and Lucasfilm provide support to expand access to STEM learning to more young people around the world.

To learn more about Galactic Builders, visit StarWars.com/ForceForChange.

Never miss an episode by subscribing to Star Wars Kids.

About FIRST®

FIRST® is a robotics community that prepares young people for the future through a suite of inclusive, team-based robotics programs for ages 4-18 (PreK-12) that can be facilitated in school or in structured afterschool programs. An international not-for-profit organization founded by accomplished inventor Dean Kamen in 1989, FIRST has a proven impact on STEM learning, interest, and skill-building well beyond high school. Boosted by a global support system of mentors, coaches, volunteers, alumni, and sponsors that include over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies, teams operate under a signature set of FIRST Core Values to conduct research, fundraise, design, and build robots, then compete and celebrate at local, regional, and international events. High school students are eligible for more than $80 million in college scholarships. Learn more at firstinspires.org.

About Star Wars: Force for Change

Star Wars: Force for Change aims to create transformation and change in the lives of kids by helping to bridge the STEM skills gap, utilizing the fun and intrigue of Star Wars storytelling to inspire innovation, help build confidence and ignite curiosity. In doing so, Star Wars: Force for Change hopes to embolden and motivate the next generation of heroes and innovators, while also empowering the Star Wars fan community to use their fandom for good.

About Disney Social Responsibility

At Disney, corporate social responsibility refers to our commitment to operate our businesses in an honorable and ethical manner along with our efforts to inspire a world of difference through the power of stories. As part of these efforts, Disney is committed to inspiring and empowering the next generation of storytellers to create the future they imagine. Through a diverse suite of programs and investments, Disney is bridging opportunity gaps for youth so that everyone can dream about their possibilities, build their talents and skills, and become their wildest dreams.

Thank you to Lucasfilm for the press release.

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