After a couple of years of supplying tape products to a high school robotics competition put on by an organization called US First, I had the opportunity to attend one of their competitions. What an eye opener!
The North Carolina regional competition was held in Raleigh, NC during the first weekend of April. I attended on the last day of the event and I still can’t believe what I saw. The work these kids did was outstanding, and USFirst can count on me as an ambassador of this great program with anyone who is willing to listen.
That is how the man who began this great organization has turned it into a national powerhouse. Dean Kamen, best known as the inventor of the Segueway scooter, began USFirst twenty years ago because he understood the value of science education. He also understood that if you build a great organization with a firm foundation, others will do your promoting-your “shouting”- for you.
Now luminaries from science, politics, entertainment, government and journalism are all lining up to sing the praises for USFirst. USFirst reports in their current newsletter that 60% of Fortune 500 companies sponsor local teams.
We congratulate USFirst on their great accomplishment, thank them for being a wonderful customer, and wish them well on their upcoming national championships in St. Louis, MO at the end of April.
Click here to see some pictures from the North Carolina regional competition.