I had the opportunity over the past two weeks to attend the world championships in Houston and in St. Louise for FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).  This was my first experience and I definitely came away with a different perspective. I was amazed at every level of the championships from FLL (FIRST Lego League) up to FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition).  The intelligence, talent, and respect demonstrated by these young folks was super impressive.  You have probably read many great blogs from here on EngineerZone related to FIRST and I encourage you to continue reading her great blogs.  I also had some time to recently write about my first FIRST experience (ha ha, pun intended) on Planet Analog.  You can find that here: Planet Analog Blog - FIRST.  I encourage to take a closer look at this great program and how it is fostering interest in STEM in your younger folks.  Who knows where these young folks will end up and what innovations will occur thanks to their ingenuity.