After hearing Dean Kamen talk about FIRST at Autodesk University, I was inspired to volunteer at the regional competition in Portland, Oregon. I wasn't alone, for many of my colleagues at Autodesk including developers, product designers, QA engineers, project managers along with local manufacturers and parents lending their time. I don't think I can say it any better than Dean, but I know that this engineer is hooked for life as a volunteer for FIRST.
"...to create a world where science and technology are celebrated... where young people dream of becoming science and technology heroes..."
- Dean Kamen, FIRST Founder
Here are some highlights:
Robots in action on the field
FIRST Volunteer Awards go to: (Congratulations!)
- Mike Geyer, Application Engineer - Inventor
- Peter Maxfield, Product Designer - Inventor
I was amazed to see the excitement in the eyes of students as they highlighted features about their robots. As a robot inspector, I probed their designs validating components, controls & wiring, pneumatics & hydraulics, and safety concerns under tournament rules. These high school students really knew what they were talking about and often had a specialist who would talk in depth about their area of the robot. I am also pleased with the praise these students had for Inventor as their design system.
Next step for me: Coax my kids to sign up for their school's FIRST project.