(For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), an
international not-for-profit K-12 organization founded by inventor Dean
Kamen to inspire young people's interest and participation in
science and technology, today announced an Alliance collaboration with
the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). This Alliance
aims to promote engineering careers and education to students across the
country, exposing them to all the possibilities a degree in STEM
(science, technology, engineering, and math) can offer.
"ASEE shares in the vision of FIRST to enhance and expand the
engineering and STEM workforce of the nation," said Dr. Nicholas J.
Altiero, president of ASEE. "The skills of problem solving, team work,
and critical thinking are essential for students' success in higher
education and in their subsequent careers. FIRST activities
instill those skills. We look forward to our Alliance with FIRST and
to promoting its family of robotics programs for children of all ages."
This new Alliance will advocate for the importance of engineering
careers and education, especially to underrepresented populations. In
this effort, ASEE wil promote FIRST programs to K-12 teachers who
attend its engineering workshops. It will also promote Army, Navy, Air
Force, and NASA scholarship and internship programs managed by ASEE to
over 10,000 middle and high school FIRST students. In addition,
ASEE will provide its 13,000 members information and the opportunity to
support FIRST by serving as Mentors, Coaches and Volunteers.
"At FIRST, we work to ignite a passion for science and
engineering through our Progression of Programs. With its extensive
membership and strong relationships in the education sector, ASEE will
help us offer these programs to more kids from more diverse backgrounds,
allowing us to engage a future workforce in the unique experience that
is FIRST," said FIRST President Donald E. Bossi.
FIRST shares a fundamental vision with many professional groups,
corporations, colleges/universities and other organizations committed to
sustaining key programs that engage young minds. These important
Founded in 1893, the American Society for Engineering Education is a
nonprofit organization committed to furthering education in engineering
and engineering technology. It accomplishes this mission by promoting
excellence in instruction, research, public service, and practice;
exercising worldwide leadership; fostering the technological education
of society; and providing quality products and services to members. To
learn more about ASEE, go to www.asee.org.
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For
Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to
inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based
in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative
programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while
motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology,
and engineering. With support from over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies
and more than $20 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit
organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®
) for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST® Tech Challenge
(FTC® ) for Grades 7-12; FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®
) for Grades 4-8; and Junior FIRST® LEGO®
League (Jr.FLL®) for Grades K-3. Gracious Professionalism®
is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes
the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To
learn more about FIRST, go to www.usfirst.org.
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