FIRST mentoring program sounds great. This is a brilliant idea to involve and challenge young budding scientific minds. What's more to take these young talents beyond this model program is just fantastic and rewarding ( we owe it to the future generations).
Well done Dean Kamen, this is indeed keeping with the spirit of innovation.
Oh it's grown beyond U.S. borders. FIRST is primarily a national program that challenges teams of students and their mentors to design and build a 130 pound robot in a six-week timeframe using a standard "kit of parts" and a common set of rules. Teams build robots from the parts and enter them in a series of robotics competitions designed by Dean Kamen and Woodie Flowers. The International Competition has grown to more than 1,303 teams competing in 37 Regional Events, including Israel and Brazil.
I hadn't heard of FIRST before this presentation, and I was amazed at its accomplishments. It has absolutely exploded. One of the last events was too big for the Disney Epcot Center and had to be moved to a sports arena. Kamen has made a huge impact on school-age children and they are developing their own roster of superstars. His message is spot-on: we have to get kids to idolize the folks with brains as well as brawn. Thanks to those of you that have already been involved, and for those of you that would like to, Kamen provided this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The FIRST program sounds like an excellent idea. It is great to hear about young students getting excited about science. These students are our future; we need them to be excited about the future possibilities. From the sounds of this, they are well under way to achieving significant growth and involving students from all over the country.
EBN Dialogue enables and encourages you to participate in live chats with notable leaders and luminaries. Not only editors and journalists, but the entire EBN community is able to comment and ask questions. Listed below are upcoming and archived chats.
Thailand Stages a Comeback Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Microsoft Surface: Potential Winners & Losers What are the implications for the electronics industry supply chain of Microsoft Corp.'s decision to launch its own tablet PC? Join industry veteran and EE Times' systems and OEM expert Rick Merritt on Tuesday, July 3, at 12:00 pm EDT for a Live Chat on this subject.
Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
While no one really can accurately predict the future, we can take guidance from another Drucker saying which is the best way to predict the future is to create it.
You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
Where are these people? Are universities properly preparing the next generation supply chain professionals? How do train your existing workforce for these new, demanding positions?
Brian Fuller, editor-in-chief of EBN, will lead a 60-minute Avnet Velocity panel discussion that will ask and answer these and other questions swirling around today's supply-chain talent challenges.