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FIRST Robotics Program

STEM education is the driving force behind the FIRST Robotics program and could very well determine our nation’s future.
FIRST Robotics Program

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Show 1411: FIRST Robotics Program
Air Date: March 16, 2014



Rob McClendon: Hello, everyone. Thanks for joining us here on “Horizon.” Well, it’s been over two decades since a technology entrepreneur decided the best way to attract young people into the fields of science and technology is to make it cool. Every year thousands of young minds compete in a program called First Robotics, the largest and most prestigious robotics competition of its kind.

Dean Kaman: It seemed to me that what we needed to do to get First going was to break the stereotypical mindset given to kids about what’s important in their culture. Let these kids that have never met a scientist or a professional engineer see what these people do. Put those people and ideas in front of these kids. You’ll change where they put their time and attention, and you’ll change the outcome. You’ll change what they’ll be when they're 17.

Rob: And so First Robotics was born. Beginning early this year we followed several Oklahoma teams trying to make their way to what is known as the Super Bowl of Smarts. When we return we begin that exciting journey.