FIRST 2013 Annual Reportv2 - page 8-9

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“Awesome, Amazing, Inspiring”
As “rookies”with less than a year at
FIRST
under our belts,my family and I are indeedgrateful for the opportunity to join
and help lead such an “awesome, amazing, and inspiring” organization. (Those are actually
your
words, and I couldn’t agree
more.) Inmy short time here, I have already experiencedmuchof what
FIRST
has tooffer, and thosewords don’t evenbegin
todescribe this extraordinary community.
As an engineer by training, I’mdrivenby facts and figures. That’swhy I thinkwe should celebrate! Nearly
half amillion
people, kids and adults, participated this past year. Adult Volunteers gave nearly
ninemillion
hours of their precious time.
FIRST
fielded teams inmore than
70 countries.
Over
29,000
teams built robots and/or researched solutions to help seniors
livebetter lives. In fact, the number of
FIRST
teams grewby a robust
13percent.
Andmore than
$16million
in college
scholarshipswere available to start
FIRST
Alumni on thepath to exciting careers in the vital fields of science,
technology, engineering, andmathematics.
Beyond the numbers, I’ve also seen amazing accomplishments, alliances, breakthroughs, and ideas
from every corner of
FIRST
be recognized and celebrated.
FIRST
®
LEGO
®
League teams havepatented
real safety products. A studentmember of both a
FIRST
®
TechChallenge and a
FIRST
®
Robotics
Competition teamdesigned an inexpensiveprosthetic leg that canbenefitmillions around the
world. The state of Iowabecame the first in the nation to incorporate our programs into a state-
wide, state-fundedSTEM initiative in its public schools. President Obama honored young
FIRST
innovators at theWhiteHouse. Our logo even found itsway onto aNASCAR racecar!
Our footprint seems tobe everywhere, andwe’vebecome so “cool” that the companies and
personalitieswe’ve sooften chased for endorsement are nowbeginning to come to
us.
Who
wouldn’t be excited tobe associatedwith such adynamic, impactful organization?
Aswe now celebrate our accomplishments of 2013, themuch-anticipated 2014
FIRST
season
is already underway. New challenges await. New friendships arebeingmade. New alliances are
being formed, new technologies arebeing tested, and newdevotees arebeingwelcomed to
our vibrant community.While all of this is exciting, wemust remember what it takes tomake the
FIRST
engine run.We need constant refuelingof Volunteers,Mentors, Sponsors, ambassadors,
gift-givers, and visionaries.We needpeople andbusinesses of every typewhowant tohelpus
create abetter futurebymotivating and inspiring youth around the globe todiscover the joys and
rewards of STEM education and itsmany career paths.
Do you know someonewhowould like to joinus?
Thank you for all youdo, and formakingmy
FIRST
year somemorable.
I hope to see you atmanymore
FIRST
celebrations in the future.
DONBOSSI
President
Celebrating
TEAMWORK
Celebrating
OUTCOMES
FIRSTAlumni are
significantlymore likely to:
r
3
Attend college
r
3
Major andpursue careers in
science or engineering
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3
Volunteer in their communities
r
3
Mentor other
FIRST
students
r
3
Become outstanding citizens
2013SeasonHighlights
In college, FIRSTAlumni
aremany timesmore likely to:
r
3
Secure internships
r
3
Pursue careers in engineering
r
3
Minority
FIRST
participants aremore
than twice as likely and femaleparticipants are four
times as likely to study science and engineering
Researched*anddocumentedfactsabouttheimpactof FIRSTontoday’syouth:
*Source: BrandeisUniversity “MoreThanRobots”Evaluation
ScholarshipFund
Established
benefits
undergraduates pursuing
biomedical engineering and/
or pre-medical degrees; honors
long-time
FIRST
Volunteer and
distinguishedpediatric oncologist
Bart Kamen
NewLeadership
Successful technology
executive
, and
of
FIRST
SpeedThrills
withNASCARdriver Greg
Biffle, whose car features
the
FIRST
logo at thePure
Michigan 400Sprint Cup
WhiteHouseHonors
President Obama recognizes
FIRST
students for their
innovative ideas, teamwork, and
patent-pending inventions at
the
InnovationCelebration
Parker Owen, FRC
Team 3469 andFTCTeam 4260, inexpensive
prostheticmade from recycledbicycle;
FLLTeam
“NeXTGEN,” device to help seniors grasp
small objects; ABC’sShark Tank:
FIRST
Alumni
pitchCoffee Joulies andFLL team “Inventioneers”
pitchSMARTwheel
First InTheNation
FIRST
included ingroundbreaking, $4.7
million
;
viewed asmodel for the nation;
showcases FTC andFLL
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