FIRST works to inspire students from kindergarten through high school to be science and technology leaders. The organization hosts events including robotics competitions at local, regional and national levels, engaging students in mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, and encourage innovation. As chairman, Havenstein will develop new partnerships and mentorships with the goal of creating and maintaining robust, volunteer-driven and self-sustaining programs. He has been a member of the FIRST Board of Directors since 2006.
"Walt brings such a wealth of knowledge to our organization," said Kamen, founder of FIRST and CEO of DEKA Research and Development. "I am looking forward to benefiting from the wisdom and experience that Walt adds to our team of directors and I am excited to see what great things will happen for FIRST and the community under Walt's leadership."
As part of its enterprise-wide program to help inspire, engage and educate students in K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, SAIC formed a strategic relationship with FIRST in January 2010. Through participation in these programs, employee volunteers across the nation from SAIC and other companies can encourage the development of problem solving, critical thinking, creative and innovative reasoning skills in students K-12, and provide them with a foundation and proven path to college, and career success in STEM-related fields. Havenstein's appointment as chairman further underscores SAIC's commitment to these initiatives.
"For America to remain economically competitive, our next generation of leaders must develop the critical-reasoning and problem-solving skills that will help make them productive. FIRST addresses this challenge, inspiring young people to be science and technology leaders," said Havenstein. "I look forward to furthering my support of FIRST, as they continue to inspire innovation, and foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership – skills at the heart of today's high-tech, high-skill global economy."
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from three out of every five Fortune 500 companies and more than $12 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC® ) and FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC® ) for high-school students, FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL® ) for 9 to 14-year-olds, (9 to 16-year-olds outside the U.S. and Canada) and Junior FIRST® LEGO® League (Jr.FLL™) for 6 to 9-year-olds. Gracious Professionalism™ is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.usfirst.org.
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