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Here's to the Tinkerers - FedEx and FIRST Robotics

GR9A4623_ag3.jpg 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.

When inventor Dean Kamen was a kid, he tinkered with things in his garage. He would spend hours taking things apart, putting them back together, taking them part again and reconfiguring them. Over the years, this intensive tinkering led Dean to explore and invent devices such as the first drug infusion pump, a robotic arm for disabled veterans and an all-terrain electric wheelchair known as the iBot.

Perhaps the tinkerer or innovator you know is the kid who lives in your neighborhood or your own child?...

Engineered for the Future: FedEx and FIRST Robotics

IMG_1578-square.jpg In 1989, Dean Kamen, the inventor of the Segway and the portable insulin pump, wanted to find a way to share his enthusiasm and inspire young people to be science and technology leaders.

Kamen’s passion for science and education led to the creation of FIRST Robotics. More than just a robot building competition, FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology) engages students in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

This year’s FIRST team competitions are...

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

Dean 03.jpg “Being told ‘you’re crazy’ generally means ‘We should get started on this idea right away!’ “ – Dean Kamen

Recently, celebrated inventor and innovator Dean Kamen (creator of the Segway, iBOT wheelchair, and more) visited the FedEx Headquarters to speak to an enthusiastic group of FedEx employees about Innovation. Dean Kamen is an inspiring creative and scientific leader who holds over 440 patents, and also founded Deka Research as well as the FIRST Robotics Competition for students.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: Brought to you by… robots!

Fedex_robot_00074-edited-sm.jpg This year’s traditional Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City will have a new twist, as teams of high school students and their robots from around the country are opening the parade.

The students are representing FIRST Robotics Competition, which was founded by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire interest and participation in science and technology. FedEx has been a proud supporter of FIRST for 13 years, and we’ve donated shipment of the robots to New York for the parade.

We caught up with some of the teams and asked these brilliant students a few questions. Here’s what the students had to say...

FIRST Robotics/The New Cool

We are investing in the future in a big way with sponsorship of FIRST Robotics program at FedEx. For the past ten years, FedEx has been supporting the teams across the nation and world with donated shipping. It is the second largest charitable shipping program which we sponsor.

FIRST stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. The founder, Dean Kamen, is an entrepreneur and inventor striving to make a difference in the future of our country. Our Vision: "...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." Dean Kamen, Founder.