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July 24, 2017

Botswana Students Learn Coding in Two Weeks, Turn Box Into Bot

Kamogelo and Robin live in Ramotswa, a small village outside of Gaberone, the capital of Botswana. This spring, in only two weeks, they taught themselves computer programming. Their lofty goal? Take a 42-pound box filled with robot parts and turn it into a remote-controlled robot to compete against other teams from around the world. FedEx

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April 6, 2017

Programming the Future

In 1989, Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway and the portable insulin pump, generated new opportunities for students ages 6 to 18 years-old with this forward-thinking idea: “To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders.” Putting young people

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June 14, 2016

Clark Kent and Superman: FIRST Robotics in a Nutshell

We have grown up knowing about Clark Kent and Superman, where Clark Kent is hidden in plain sight among us, but when extraordinary things need to take place, he turns into Superman.  I’d like to share a story with you about just one example of how those two exist within FedEx every day in the

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April 4, 2016

How a Rookie Team from Quebec Took FIRST Robotics by Storm

The lovely little town of Trois Riveres, Quebec lies on the northwest banks of the famed St. Lawrence River, about halfway between Montreal and Quebec City in Canada. Although it was founded over 400 years ago, this city certainly doesn’t live in the past. Trois Riveres is the home of Ultime’, FIRST Robotics Team 5528.

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February 4, 2016

#OMGRobots! FIRST® and the FedEx Innovation Challenge

If you hear unusual buzzing and whirring coming from a nearby school or garage in the next few months, open the door and you just might find yourself face to face with a robot. Teams all over the world are building robots right now for the FIRST® Robotics Competition. From the Pi-Rho Maniacs in Austin

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April 24, 2014

Here’s to the Tinkerers – FedEx and FIRST Robotics

Do you know a tinkerer? There are a few definitions of this term and some are not so positive. My definition of a tinkerer is a future innovator – someone who is passionate, creative and committed to solving problems and helping others.   

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March 5, 2014

Engineered for the Future: FedEx and FIRST Robotics

In 1989, Dean Kamen, the inventor of the Segway and the portable insulin pump, wanted to find a way share his enthusiasm and inspire young people to become science and technology leaders.

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January 27, 2014

Dean Kamen’s Rude Realities and Somewhat Serious Suggestions about Innovation

“Being told ‘you’re crazy’ generally means ‘We should get started on this idea right away!’ “ – Dean Kamen 

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