20th Annual US First Robotics Competition

Posted on January 8, 2012  Comments (2)

If you have a child, niece, nephew, grandchild… who you haven’t been able to convince about the wonders of science maybe the starts on this promo (Justin Timberlake, Snoop Dogg, Justin Bieber…) can help convince them. If you want to convince your grandparents science is cool, then maybe they will like the cameos by Steven Tyler and Bono 😛 This is an effort being pushed by will.i.am (Black Eyed Peas) and Dean Kamen (US First Founder) to promote science and engineering. Since most politicians don’t seem interested in promoting and supporting science anymore maybe musicians can help turn things around.

I have written about US First, it is a great program. It engages children in learning by taping their curiosity and desire to create. I think learning this way is much more natural and fun and affective than what we have too often in schools today. I know I was bored quite often but was told the adults knew best. Well know I am an adult and I think I was right back then: our education system can, and should be greatly improved. Until then, US First, and similar, programs give kids a good environment for learning that keeps their desire to learn intact.

The video spot was created to promote a TV show commemorating the 20th annual US FIRST Robotics competition. Watch the TV show:

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2 Responses to “20th Annual US First Robotics Competition”

  1. Blake
    January 24th, 2012 @ 10:24 am

    What an awesome idea to encourage youth interest in science and math! Will.I.Am said it right that the focus needs to be put on the sciences, because without it we wouldn’t have things like smart phones and cars that park themselves.

  2. Johnathan Mercer
    January 26th, 2012 @ 10:57 am

    I really enjoyed the posted video. Snoop can make anything sound cool. Honestly, I think it’s great that these celebs will take the time to speak out and admit that what our science and technology professionals are doing today is just as cool as what they’re doing, and in fact making what these currents artists create possible. Will.I.Am makes a great point, that if every school has a gym for the future athletes (which is a long shot), then why can’t we have fully funded science programs as well.

    Thanks for the post!

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