Woody started speaking from the podium before my dessert fork even touched the caramel covered cube of chocolate in the plate before me. I was among hundreds of “Special Invitee” dinner guests at a banquet celebrating the 25th year of FIRST. FIRST is an organization that promotes science and technology games and contests – mostly involving student-created robots engineered out of anything from sheet metal to Lego blocks. It’s a wonderful group and if you and your child aren’t involved in it, you should be.

Woody Flowers, Dean Kaman and the rest of the FIRST youth supporters, repeated this same mantra before the hall filled with corporate sponsors, university admissions officers and team mentors. “We got that!” ended each different speaker. What FIRST has “got” is a cultural infrastructure that gets kids excited about solving problems across the world.

Complete your profile to continue reading and get FREE access to BenefitsPRO.com, part of your ALM digital membership.

Your access to unlimited BenefitsPRO.com content isn’t changing.
Once you are an ALM digital member, you’ll receive:

  • Critical BenefitsPRO.com information including cutting edge post-reform success strategies, access to educational webcasts and videos, resources from industry leaders, and informative Newsletters.
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM, BenefitsPRO magazine and BenefitsPRO.com events.
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including ThinkAdvisor.com and Law.com

Already have an account?



Join BenefitsPRO

Don’t miss crucial news and insights you need to navigate the shifting employee benefits industry. Join BenefitsPRO.com now!

  • Unlimited access to BenefitsPRO.com - your roadmap to thriving in a disrupted environment
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including ThinkAdvisor.com and Law.com
  • Exclusive discounts on BenefitsPRO.com and ALM events.

Already have an account? Sign In Now
Join BenefitsPRO

Copyright © 2023 ALM Global, LLC. All Rights Reserved.