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Guiding the Next Generation of Engineers

Guiding the Next Generation of Engineers

This week and weekend (July 28-30) are a big deal for me, for my family, for hundreds of schools and potentially thousands or tens of thousands of students throughout the state of Texas.

Back in 2007, a friend asked if I knew of a robotics club for our kids, then in the fifth grade. I said “No, but I’ve heard of this LEGO thing.” So, we created a FIRST® LEGO League (FLL) team, including our kids, Nick and Jeff, and a few of their friends.

As they progressed through middle school and high school, Nick and Jeff moved from FLL to a competition called the FIRST Tech Challenge, and then to the ‘varsity’ game level: the FIRST Robotics Competition—staying within the FIRST community during the rest of their grade school years.

“For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology,” a.k.a. FIRST®, is an international youth organization that operates four robotics competitions supporting students from Kindergarten through high school. Founded by Dean Kamen in 1992, FIRST’s vision is a culture where science and technology are celebrated, where our children look to inventors and scientists as role models. By wrapping science and technology in a sports metaphor, FIRST is shaping the next generation of creators and builders. I have seen, first-hand, 15,000 students cheering design and accomplishment the way their peers cheer for touchdowns.

Read the entire article here, Guiding the Next Generation of Engineers

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