After-school programs: The key to nurturing and building the workforce of tomorrow

Ed.: What a novel idea—an after-school program not focused on tutoring and remediation. 

FIRST LEGO® League (FLL) is one of four competitive levels designed by FIRST, using LEGO® Mindstorms NXT robotics kits as its platform, and aimed at an international audience of students ages 9 through 14.  The Museum of Nature & Science coordinates and oversees all FLL events for the North Texas area. The largest of these events is the Regional Championship Tournament, typically held in January of each year.

via OregonLive.com

FIRST [For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology], an organization founded by inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen, inspires young people to be science and technology leaders with an overriding purpose of designing, building and operating a robot, while also applying business and marketing skills. One of my current students, who joined a FIRST Robotics Team to assist with the business and marketing, told me that she was looking into integrating engineering into her post-high school plans. When I asked her why, she said, “Participating in FIRST made me realize that I had skills and interests I didn’t know I had.” That’s an example of the power of FIRST.

http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2011/03/after-school_programs_the_key.html

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