The FIRST Robotics Championship is named for contributor Dean Kamen’s tech company FIRST, and not because it’s the first-ever robotics exhibit. However, the championship is the inaugural showdown to include the widespread support of celebrities!
Will.i.am, Justin Bieber, the Pinkett-Smith family, Britney Spears, Bono, Justin Timberlake and Steven Tyler are just some of the celebrities who assisted the cause of robotics research with live performances. A recording of the FIRST Robotics Championship aired on ABC and is available on YouTube. Concerning the actual event, however, K-12 students built robots which showcased their aptitude for logic, maths and engineering.
Suffice it to say that it’s encouraging to see celebrity support behind education, technology and the continuing effort to meld the two. With American test scores in the doldrums, it’s become more and more important to shift our focus onto the preparation of students who will lead the country in a few years.