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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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    "SmartSunnyShadow" wrote:Hello everybody! Please help me!So I am in grade 6, and I have none of my best friends in my class. It sucks so bad, and when I first came I had no friends either.  Now, though I'm over that and I have made some new "friends." They are really nice and helpful to me, well at least I thought. I think they are just like that because I'm smart. So I made 4 friends.  I'll give their fake names; Camila, Socccer Gal,Bubbly Princess, Harry Potter Fan123, and Shy Flower. So, today I got an A+, and Harry Potter Fan123 got an A++ since she did extra bonuses that I had no idea about. Whatever, I'm over that.  HERE IS THE REAL PROBLEM!So I have a guy in my class that I hate like hell, and my friends Camila, Soccer Gal, and Bubbly Princess told him that I  like him, and I was like EWWWWWWWWWW!!! Well then I blew out and made a racist comment that I am so sad about and my friends were like crazy! I have no idea what to do. Then, my friends started bullying me, and I was like so shocked, I told them to shut up. WHAT DO I DO!?!?!?!?!?! what you're going through right now is actually a part of life, and I think a lot of people have been in similar situations, including myself. everyone is actually bound to come across fake friends in their life, and sometimes it gets quite difficult to manage. if you've said something particularly offensive, I would probably say sorry. I mean, at least you have your original best friends? If they're caring and supportive, they'll try and help you as much as they possibly can. But if you feel like you're not being cared about by these girls in your class, and if you feel inferior to them, I would try to drift away, they're nothing but bad energy for you. I hope I've helped in some way. Good luck!
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