Lego robots aren’t the only educational tools being highlighted at NIWeek. Dean Kamen, who founded the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), will discuss this international contest for high school students in the closing keynote address Thursday.
Kamen, a National Inventors Hall of Fame member and winner of the National Medal of Technology, will also detail his ideas on fostering innovation within companies. But it’s the Segway inventor’s focus on FIRST that has the greatest impact on society, many feel. “Through his organization FIRST, Kamen has transformed the way our society thinks about math and science and has inspired thousands of young adults to pursue careers in science, technology and engineering,” says Ray Almgren, vice president of academic relations at National Instruments.
The winner of Kamen’s FIRST competition traveled to NIWeek
Fifty-six-year-old Pasquale Russo has been doing metalwork for more than 30 years in a tiny southern Italy village. Many craftsmen like him brought with them fabrication skills when they came from the Old World to America.
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