Dean Kamen: Kids Need to Love Science as Much as Basketball (VIDEO)

[ 0 ] March 15, 2012 |

Inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen has a message for kids: science and technology can be as cool as basketball. “Science and technology is really cool, it’s really fun and if they master it the same way they go after mastering basketball, they’ll have careers that will change their lives and change the future of this country,” Kamen said.

IEEE Standards Association was honored to host Dean at SXSW 2012. Watch why as Dean Kamen explains how he gets kids engaged in science and technology:


Kamen, a consummate entrepreneur who holds more than 440 patents and invented the Segway, is also founder of For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), an organization that strives to show kids that science and technology are fields that need young talent, and that entertainment and sports shouldn’t be the end-all, be-all for today’s youth.

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“FIRST does what the NBA and NFL do for sports,” Kamen told genConnect in the Samsung Blogger Lounge. “We show kids that there are role models and super heroes out there they should be using as their role models who don’t bounce a ball. They think. They solve problems. They create solutions to some of the most complex issues of our time.”

Visit usfirst.org to see a competition schedule and learn how you can get involved.

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Dean Kamen

About Dean Kamen: Dean Kamen is an inventor, an entrepreneur, and a tireless advocate for science and technology. His roles as inventor and advocate are intertwined—his own passion for technology and its practical uses has driven his personal [...]
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