“Awesome, Amazing, Inspiring”
As “rookies” with less than a year at
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
words, and I couldn’t agree
more.) In my short time here, I have already experienced much of what
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
hours of their precious time.
fielded teams in more than
teams built robots and/or researched solutions to help seniors
live better lives. In fact, the number of
teams grew by a robust
And more than
scholarships were available to start
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
be recognized and celebrated.
League teams have patented
real safety products. A student member of both a
Tech Challenge and a
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
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
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
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
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
year so memorable.
I hope to see you at many more
celebrations in the future.
FIRST Alumni are
significantly more likely to:
Major and pursue careers in
science or engineering
Volunteer in their communities
Become outstanding citizens
2013 Season Highlights
In college, FIRST Alumni
are many times more likely to:
Pursue careers in engineering
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
biomedical engineering and/
or pre-medical degrees; honors
distinguished pediatric oncologist
with NASCAR driver Greg
Biffle, whose car features
logo at the Pure
Michigan 400 Sprint Cup
White House Honors
President Obama recognizes
students for their
innovative ideas, teamwork, and
patent-pending inventions at
Parker Owen, FRC
Team 3469 and FTC Team 4260, inexpensive
prosthetic made from recycled bicycle;
“NeXT GEN,” device to help seniors grasp
small objects; ABC’s Shark Tank:
pitch Coffee Joulies and FLL team “Inventioneers”
First In The Nation
included in groundbreaking, $4.7
viewed as model for the nation;
showcases FTC and FLL