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Volunteer - Dean Kamen Puts You FIRST

We've all dreamt of making it big in the NBA or in Hollywood, earning millions of dollars a year. Unfortunately, very few of us will go on to be the next Britney Spears or Kobe Bryant. Becoming a scientist or an engineer who makes a lot of money, however, can become a reality. And, Dean Kamen wants that dream come true for young peeps.

Who is Dean Kamen?

Dean Kamen is founder of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology,) an organization aimed at helping kids in North America "discover the excitement and rewards of science, math and technology."

Putting Kids FIRST

FIRST started out with a program aimed at high school students called the Robotics Competition. It drew kids from the UK, Brazil, Canada and every American state. In 2003, an estimated 200,000 kids will took part in 24 different Robotics Competitions. The goal of these contests is to work in a team to build your own robot, and at the end of the day, the winners walk home with big scholarships and grants for post-secondary schooling.

Joining the FIRST Program

A new FIRST program has just been developed, with the help of LEGO, and is aimed at peeps nine to 14. It's called the FIRST LEGO League Jr. Robotics Challenge. Participants build robots from LEGO, motors, sensors and gears, in a friendly, non-competitive forum. It is hoped that kids who take part in the FIRST LEGO League Jr. Robotics Challenge will one day go on to compete in the original Robotics Competition and cash in on some big prizes.

What the FIRST Program Can Do For You!

The starting wage in the science and technology field is often more than $55,000 US with the potential of making much, much more. Dean Kamen is a multi-millionaire, all thanks to his hard work in the sciences.

You, too, could be a future tech-whiz. Why not gather a team of your closest buds and sign up for a FIRST Robotic Challenge. For more info, take a look at www.usfirst.org.

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    labimba
    labimba posted in Style:
    Neko girl I have to get back in shape for September if u want we can be training buddies!  :)  
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    animallover468
    animallover468 posted in Style:
    EndlessDream is right. Skipping breakfast and lunch can result in stomach ulcers and sudden weight gain (had personal experience...), ESPECIALLY skipping breakfast! You have to incorporate exercise in your daily routine. Stomach and body fat is mostly caused by lack of exercise, and maybe that means you need to do toning exercises. Try doing simple exercise videos like the 3-mile powerwalk on YouTube (trust me, I sweat like crazy when I do those workouts). Anything that gets you sweating, is the kind of exercise you need to do.  I hated working out when I first started my weight loss journey too. I would always start wheezing every time I started working out. But after pushing through everyday, I think working out is one of the best stress busters I've ever had!  If you want to lower your appetite though, I suggest eating a full lunch and breakfast and skipping your dinner. If you can't skip dinner, then at least try aiming for an early dinner, around 5:30 or 6:00. Your body needs time to digest at least 4 hours before you sleep. I started gaining weight around puberty when I was 12, it could be the same for you too.  But honestly, there's nothing wrong with having consciousness about your weight. Now starving yourself and dieting is BAD, but there's nothing wrong with changing your lifestyle in order to be fit. It's a good thing that kids start caring about their health, and the earlier you start, the better off you are. 
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    EndlessDream
    EndlessDream posted in Style:
    You need breakfast and lunch. Starving yourself, even if you aren't hungry, makes you loose energy to the point you could pass out from not eating. Keep your diet healthy. For breakfast, at least have yogurt, fruit, and juice. Drink at least 4 full glasses of water a day. Trim down on the snacks. Everyone has different bodies and build. You may just be large-boned. And that's not bad! That makes you stronger and higher ability to gain muscle. Loosing weight doesn't happen over night. It can take months. 
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    Nekogirl101
    Nekogirl101 posted in Style:
    For years my parents would tell me I'm skinny but compared to other people, my waist was bigger and I would always hide it. Though it was obvious I weighed more, I've only been doing this for a week and I didn't ever tell anyone what I was doing until my parents found out. I would skip lunch and breakfast and say I was full. I only ate a big dinner every night. Once my parents found out, they said it was unhealthy and if I didn't  stop, I would develop an eating disorder. I obviously listened to them, but I've tried as best as I can so far. I have barely lost any weight from exercise and my parents won't let me go on a diet because I already 'eat healthy enough'. I want to lose weight without exercising being 3/4s of my lifestyle. I know, I'm a lazy idiot for saying all this.
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    rainbowpoptart
    Yes, purely for the fact that you should not "hate" your sister (or anyone, for that matter).  I'm guessing by "get in trouble for her", you mean she does something wrong and the blame is all put on you? Yeah, little siblings tend to do that a lot. My brother did for the longest time, until my parents found out how much a liar he is. She, hopefully, will grow out of this eventually. Either that, or your parent[s]/guardian[s] will eventually see through her. You lose your friends to her? By this do you mean your friends want to hang out with her and they want you to tag along and you don't? Or do you mean your friends chose your sister over you? If it's the latter, then perhaps you shouldn't have ever referred to those people as friends. You'll find friends who'll prefer you over your sister, I'm sure of it. The only thing I can tell you to do is try to get along with your sister. Every group of siblings has their cats and dogs moment in life, but they grow out of it (most of the time; there are, of course, circumstances where it doesn't work out that way). Please be grateful for your sister, even if you two fight a lot. You never know how much you need something until it's gone.
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