Lego robots arenít 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 itís the Segway inventorís focus on FIRST that has the greatest impact on society, many feel. ďThrough 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,Ē says Ray Almgren, vice president of academic relations at National Instruments.
The winner of Kamenís FIRST competition traveled to NIWeek
NASA and Boeing developed a huge, carbon composite cryogenic fuel tank for deep space missions, and started testing it last month. The 18-ft cryotank will enable heavy-lift launch vehicles to send both humans and robots into deep space.
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