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Dean Kamen

Around the grounds of the Saint Louis Science Center, you may see people gliding around on a Segway Personal Transporter. Created by New Hampshire inventor Dean Kamen, these two-wheeled, zero emissions vehicles are a fun and eco-friendly way to zip around town.

A few weeks ago we reported on the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Regional Competition. Under strict rules, time constraints and limited resources, teams of 25 students built a robot to perform tasks against a field of competitors. Students from more than 40 high schools in Missouri and eight other states battled their bots at the Chaifetz Arena in March. The top performing teams not only earned bragging rights but also a ticket to the preeminent celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) at the National Championships.

Luckily for us St. Louisians, the worldwide FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Championships are being held next week at the Edward Jones Dome.