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.
Celebrities Gather at the FIRST Robotics Championship to Support Robotics
1. Celebrity-led Robotics Research - Celebrities are lending support to robotics research, displaying the potential for innovation opportunities in partnerships between entertainment and technology.
2. K-12 Robotics Education - Robotics competitions are becoming more integrated into K-12 curriculums, creating opportunities for education technology and edutainment industries to innovate.
3. Media Coverage on Robotics Events - As more media outlets cover robotics events, there is potential for innovation in the sports and media industries to create engaging content surrounding robotics.
1. Entertainment - The involvement of celebrities in robotics research displays potential for innovative collaborations between the entertainment and technology industries to promote tech literacy.
2. Education Technology - The integration of robotics competitions into K-12 curriculums highlights opportunities for edtech companies to develop innovative educational tools for students.
3. Media - Increased media coverage of robotics events presents opportunities for sports and media industries to develop engaging and informative content surrounding robotics that can impact entertainment and news reporting.