Erin McCallum, President, FIRST Washington, “More Than Robots”
Current Snoqualmie Valley and former Seattle 4 Rotarian Erin McCallum is President of FIRST Washington, a national, not-for-profit organization that engages kids in the sport of science, technology, and teamwork. Founded in 1989 by Dean Kamen to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology Erin and a few of our next generation leaders (participating kids, K‑12) and their robots, will show how FIRST Programs (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) are helping to build our future.
Today over 450,000 youth, ages 6‑18, are involved in FIRST programs that excite students to pursue education and careers in STEM-related fields, inspire them to become leaders and innovators, and enhance their 21st century work-life skills. Washington State has nationally recognized FIRST programs, with nearly 12,000 students, on 1,140 teams.
Join us to learn how you can engage in FIRST programs across the State, and hear from students who have not just built robots, but who practice “Gracious Professionalism” and “Coopertition” as they innovate, compete, and cooperate, while becoming our future technology leaders. The presentation will also include videos from FIRST competitions and, with a bit of luck, some demonstrations from semi-cooperative robots.