50 books in 52 weeks – not this year

I enjoy reading, so like many people I have set a goal for myself to read at least 50 books a year for the last couple of years. I read 45 last year, you can see my list on GoodReads.  As I was getting ready to publicly commit to another year of 50-in-52, though, I […]

FIRST and the sports model – is it getting out of hand?

Dean Kamen’s vision for FIRST is simple to state: To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology heroes. Simple to state, but not nearly so simple to achieve. The FIRST organization have chosen to use the sports model as the […]

Children and the curse of knowledge

One of our goals as a society is to educate our children, to pass along the knowledge of what has gone before so that the children understand where they’ve come from and how we got to where we are. At the same time, we are dependent on our children to create the new knowledge that […]

Like the WWF, but for smart people

Less than 72 hours from now, students from over 1,800 high school teams will be gathered around the country to find out what they’ll be doing for the next 6 weeks. At 1000 (US Eastern time) on Saturday 9 January, Dean Kamen will kick off the 2010 competition season for the FIRST Robotics Competition by […]