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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...

Innovation for Change: Safe Kids Brazil

CSegura816_RJ_FedExBlog-sq.jpg When I think of the Walk This Way pedestrian safety program, I always remember a principal I met when we conducted a pilot project in Curitiba, a city in the south of the country. This principal told me that before we implemented our Walk This Way project, at least four children every year were struck by a car. Remember, that’s in just one school. We checked back a year later and not a single child in that school had been injured since the Walk This Way program had been implemented. What a difference...

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.

A Commitment that Makes a Difference

Untitled3.png Every year, I look forward to Walk This Way Month, an annual campaign dedicated to providing road safety education to kids in schools. This is the time of the year when we (FedEx and Safe Kids) truly work as a team to fulfill our mission of keeping kids safe while walking.

This time of year is so special for me because we make such a difference in the lives of children and families. I still think about one second grade girl from Beijing named Joy Li, who we met last year during Walk this Way Month. Joy Li walked to school every morning across four major roads. She told us how she learned a lot of bad habits from adults. She didn’t cross the streets at the crosswalks and she ignored the light signal when she was in a hurry.

After our Walk This Way Month activities, Joy Li changed many of these habits...

How we're celebrating education with Teach for America

playground_0299_155064068_155064069_165857251.jpg.jpeg As Vice President of Alumni Teaching Leadership for Teach For America, I see the passion and commitment to expanding educational opportunities for students among our alumni and their colleagues each day. More than 10,000 Teach For America alumni are leading in the classroom, making teaching the most common profession among our alumni overall.

My team and I work to recognize and honor our teachers while supporting their ongoing professional development through relationships with regional and national organizations. We also seek to build deeper connections with teachers in the broader teaching community to continue the advancement of the profession. For all of these reasons, we are thrilled to team up with FedEx on the launch of the FedEx One Rate Countless Possibilities Through Education campaign...