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“Awesome, Amazing, Inspiring”
As “rookies” with less than a year at
FIRST
under our belts, my family and I are indeed grateful 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.) In my short time here, I have already experienced much of what
FIRST
has to offer, and those words don’t even begin
to describe this extraordinary community.
As an engineer by training, I’m driven by facts and figures. That’s why I think we should celebrate! Nearly
half a million
people, kids and adults, participated this past year. Adult Volunteers gave nearly
nine million
hours of their precious time.
FIRST
fielded teams in more than
70 countries.
Over
29,000
teams built robots and/or researched solutions to help seniors
live better lives. In fact, the number of
FIRST
teams grew by a robust
13 percent.
And more than
$16 million
in college
scholarships were available to start
FIRST
Alumni on the path to exciting careers in the vital fields of science,
technology, engineering, and mathematics.
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 have patented
real safety products. A student member of both a
FIRST
®
Tech Challenge and a
FIRST
®
Robotics
Competition team designed an inexpensive prosthetic leg that can benefit millions around the
world. The state of Iowa became the first in the nation to incorporate our programs into a state-
wide, state-funded STEM initiative in its public schools. President Obama honored young
FIRST
innovators at the White House. Our logo even found its way onto a NASCAR racecar!
Our footprint seems to be everywhere, and we’ve become so “cool” that the companies and
personalities we’ve so often chased for endorsement are now beginning to come to
us.
Who
wouldn’t be excited to be associated with such a dynamic, impactful organization?
As we now celebrate our accomplishments of 2013, the much-anticipated 2014
FIRST
season
is already underway. New challenges await. New friendships are being made. New alliances are
being formed, new technologies are being tested, and new devotees are being welcomed to
our vibrant community. While all of this is exciting, we must remember what it takes to make the
FIRST
engine run. We need constant refueling of Volunteers, Mentors, Sponsors, ambassadors,
gift-givers, and visionaries. We need people and businesses of every type who want to help us
create a better future by motivating and inspiring youth around the globe to discover the joys and
rewards of STEM education and its many career paths.
Do you know someone who would like to join us?
Thank you for all you do, and for making my
FIRST
year so memorable.
I hope to see you at many more
FIRST
celebrations in the future.
DON BOSSI
President
Celebrating
TEAMWORK
Celebrating
OUTCOMES
FIRST Alumni are
significantly more likely to:
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3
Attend college
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3
Major and pursue careers in
science or engineering
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3
Volunteer in their communities
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3
Mentor other
FIRST
students
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3
Become outstanding citizens
2013 Season Highlights
In college, FIRST Alumni
are many times more likely to:
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3
Secure internships
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3
Pursue careers in engineering
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3
Minority
FIRST
participants are more
than twice as likely and female participants are four
times as likely to study science and engineering
Researched* anddocumented facts about the impact of FIRSTon today’s youth:
*Source: Brandeis University “More Than Robots” Evaluation
Scholarship Fund
Established
benefits
undergraduates pursuing
biomedical engineering and/
or pre-medical degrees; honors
long-time
FIRST
Volunteer and
distinguished pediatric oncologist
Bart Kamen
New Leadership
Successful technology
executive
, and
of
FIRST
Speed Thrills
with NASCAR driver Greg
Biffle, whose car features
the
FIRST
logo at the Pure
Michigan 400 Sprint Cup
White House Honors
President Obama recognizes
FIRST
students for their
innovative ideas, teamwork, and
patent-pending inventions at
the
Innovation Celebration
Parker Owen, FRC
Team 3469 and FTC Team 4260, inexpensive
prosthetic made from recycled bicycle;
FLL Team
“NeXT GEN,” device to help seniors grasp
small objects; ABC’s Shark Tank:
FIRST
Alumni
pitch Coffee Joulies and FLL team “Inventioneers”
pitch SMARTwheel
First In The Nation
FIRST
included in groundbreaking, $4.7
million
;
viewed as model for the nation;
showcases FTC and FLL
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