Recently, TED started a new program; TEDx. The additional “x” represents an independently organized TED event. Last week, FLL, FTC, and FRC robots (along with a few humans to demonstrate them!) were invited to spread the message of FIRST to hundreds of attendees. All the robots and humans had a wonderful time explaining FIRST to those interested in becoming involved.
One of the speakers at the event mentioned that companies today are looking for “T” shaped people, meaning those with both depth and breadth. It really hit me, that’s what FLL does for students! You get the depth through your specific robot and area of research for that year. The best part is, through FLL you also get breadth through all the diverse learning experiences. Who ever thought that when I started doing a LEGO robotics program it would end up with me writing a blog? But, as this post is proof, it has! I have written, acted, programmed, built, painted, designed, cooked, led, and so much more because of FLL! That’s why this program is so powerful. It has the ability to turn today’s students into tomorrow’s “T” leaders.