“Awesome, Amazing, Inspiring”
As “rookies”with less than a year at
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
words, and I couldn’t agree
more.) Inmy short time here, I have already experiencedmuchof what
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
people, kids and adults, participated this past year. Adult Volunteers gave nearly
hours of their precious time.
fielded teams inmore than
teams built robots and/or researched solutions to help seniors
livebetter lives. In fact, the number of
teams grewby a robust
scholarshipswere available to start
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
be recognized and celebrated.
League teams havepatented
real safety products. A studentmember of both a
TechChallenge and a
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
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
wouldn’t be excited tobe associatedwith such adynamic, impactful organization?
Aswe now celebrate our accomplishments of 2013, themuch-anticipated 2014
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
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
I hope to see you atmanymore
celebrations in the future.
significantlymore likely to:
Major andpursue careers in
science or engineering
Volunteer in their communities
Become outstanding citizens
In college, FIRSTAlumni
aremany timesmore likely to:
Pursue careers in engineering
than twice as likely and femaleparticipants are four
times as likely to study science and engineering
*Source: BrandeisUniversity “MoreThanRobots”Evaluation
biomedical engineering and/
or pre-medical degrees; honors
Biffle, whose car features
logo at thePure
Michigan 400Sprint Cup
President Obama recognizes
students for their
innovative ideas, teamwork, and
patent-pending inventions at
Parker Owen, FRC
Team 3469 andFTCTeam 4260, inexpensive
prostheticmade from recycledbicycle;
“NeXTGEN,” device to help seniors grasp
small objects; ABC’sShark Tank:
pitchCoffee Joulies andFLL team “Inventioneers”
included ingroundbreaking, $4.7
viewed asmodel for the nation;
showcases FTC andFLL