Help a Student “Go Pro”
April 18, 2013
April 18, 2013
“I joined the Washington FIRST board because the four levels of robotics programs, starting in elementary school and going through high school, are the coolest ways I’ve seen of connecting kids to science and technology in a hands-on way,” Geoff said.
This year, through FIRST programing, 8,000 youth in Washington state made the connection between STEM coursework and STEM career possibilities. Dozens of men and women from IV were proud to volunteer, and they happily gave countless joules of their own energy to guide student-run teams as they designed and built Frisbee™-flinging robots with the mechanical prowess and trademark FIRST flair to compete in the “Ultimate Ascent” Washington regional competitions.
IV-sponsored teams didn't come away with the gold, but they all made amazing bots and were true champions of the innovative spirit. In fact, Auburn Mountainview High School, mentored by Ken Poppe of IV’s Invention Development Fund, received the Chairman’s Award—FIRST’s highest honor given to the team that best embodies the FIRST spirit—and an opportunity to compete in the National FIRST competition.
Through corporate support and volunteerism, IV guides students on the path to entering the STEM workforce and ‘going pro’. The more support teens receive from mentors, the greater their chances will be of joining the STEM big leagues. Washington FIRST is always in need of more mentors and volunteers. It’s worth your time, and we’ll be the first to share why:
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Photo: Trish King/Washington FIRST
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