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Where is the Steve Jobs of Robotics?
FIRST Robotic Competition team
We'll know in about a decade or so
By RBR Staff


The organization’s name is FIRST Robotics (FIRST: For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). It was founded in 1989 by prolific inventor and founder of DEKA Research and Development—and college dropout—the inimitable Dean Kamen, who holds over 400 US and foreign patents, best known of which is his Segway two-wheel vehicle.  As CBS News said of him, “Lots of people talk and dream about changing the world. But inventor Dean Kamen is actually doing it.”  If you call “doing it” bringing together more than 32,000 high school students to compete on 1,300 robot-building teams across the United States, Canada, Brazil, Israel, Mexico, the Netherlands and England, then Kamen most definitely is a superhero at snapping young minds kids out of their doldrums.

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