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May 25, 2011
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May 25, 2011
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you state that the president gets a 229,000 annual salary on this site. And people are ginving it 5 stars? Wow! this blows my mind! Why would you want to donate to give the president a 229k annual salary? I will not give it 5 stars, nor 5.00.
People really need to looks at the profit
statements, for the salary's before donating to their favorite charity's.
You may think twice. there are a lot of them out there that do not make these enormous salaries!

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just read about it

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Stop paying the president 229k annual salary

September 2, 2010
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September 2, 2010
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For over 15 years, I've been involved with numerous activities/programs to encourage engineering at the pre-college level. This program does more to further that cause than any other program. However, it is much broader than that. It provides many kids who follow other paths with a good start in practical technology (in the broad sense of the term), math, science, and, of course, engineering. Many kids have learned they have abilities they were never aware of. It should be in every school.

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I've personally talked with many kids to have been 'turned around' by this organization. Many have matured more quickly and leaned professional habits much earlier than their peers. I seen the excitement is brings to learning.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 31, 2010

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August 31, 2010

FIRST is an amazing organization and was just what my son was looking for in an extracurricular activity. My son has always loved science and was looking for more than school offered. We became involved with FIRST robotics when my son was in 4th grade. I became a mentor and worked with some great mentors to help the team find their passion in robotics and science. The students on the team learned to work as a team, to brainstorm and research a problem, build and program a robot, and present their research and solution to a problem in a creative way. I saw all of the students blossom. Their self esteem, organization, perserverance, and sense of community with others interested in science grew through the process of friendly competition through FIRST.

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Our family has grown through our experience with FIRST, and my son has found a passion that he plans to pursue as a career. It has been wonderful to see our son find something so fullfilling.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 30, 2010
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August 30, 2010
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FIRST offers students a view into the world of science and technology that they may not get in their regular school curriculum. It also emphasizes teamwork, problem-solving, and responsibility. It's amazing to see how the students get so excited and involved in the program.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing students come up with their own ideas and gain knowledge in areas of science and technology.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very dedicated and helpful.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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August 30, 2010

FIRST is true to its name -- providing inspiration as well as an exposure to science and technology. Working with engineers and scientists, students learn much more than valuable technical skills. FIRST exposes the student with excitement of discovery, emphasizes team work, and asks every student and every mentor to exercise gracious professionalism. I have seen students grow in confidence and maturity -- looking ahead to careers that contribute to community and country.

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I have been involved with FIRST since it was an idea. In judging FIRST events, I have heard story after story of how FIRST has given students an added sense of confidence and turned their interests to science and engineering,

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About every month

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2010

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August 30, 2010

FIRST offers an incredible opportunity for students of all ages to discover their "hidden" talents in the areas of science and technology. I started two years ago with a small high school team who built what they called their "Ghetto-Bot" and competed in our local regional. This robot was built with chicken-wire, "Duct" tape and plywood, hence the name. Last year I coached, or co-coached a total of four teams, one at each grade level. The excitement and enthusiasm of my students (ages 8 through 17) was awe-inspiring! Some of these kids would have said they didn't know anything about science, or robots, or engineering yet, they managed to design, construct, program and operate a variety of robots. My original team (FRC)constructed a robot that truly looked "space-age" with seperate enclosed compartments for both the electronics and the pnuematics. They even contrived pnuematic shocks for the electronics box! My second high school team (FTC)went all to way to the World Championships after winning our local regional and an "Inovation in Design" award from a major aerospace company! This year we will have two of these teams competing as part of the new Robotics course I am teaching at our high school. My elementary teams are "chomping at the bit" to get started on this year's challenge! I cannot say enough about the level of empowerment this program is offering my students. They are so excited about participating in the program and having their ideas taken seriously that it boggles the mind! Yeah, F.I.R.S.T.!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

... watching my students as they experience success and failure in their own designs; as they grasp new concepts; as they realize they CAN do it; and as they realize many more options for their futures!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

...the looks on my students faces and the excitement in their voices.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

awesome: dedicated and enthusiastic.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

...open the doors for many more youth!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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August 30, 2010

As a university admissions official, I have been working with FIRST to provide scholarship opportunities to high school seniors involved in FIRST for the past four years. I am continually impressed by the caliber of the students involved in FIRST, as well as the ways in which FIRST encourages students of all grade levels to enjoy the creativity, teamwork and problem solving involved in meeting each year's robotics challenge. The relationships that students build with their mentors, and the team spirit that FIRST fosters through it's emphasis on gracious professionalism are quite remarkable! These students are generally highly motivated and well prepared for the challenges that wait for them in their university studies, as well as their life after FIRST. The fact that so many student participants become mentors as adults is a testament to the success of the program.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

witnessing the success of the student participants once they arrive on our university campus, as well as their enthusiasm to remain involved in FIRST as mentors.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the experience I've had with the student participants. They are so excited and enthusistic about the challenges presented to them by FIRST and the skills they've gained from working within the organization.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely helpful and enthusiastic about the organization and the student participants.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 27, 2010

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August 27, 2010

As my company has been involved with FIRST for the past 5 years, we decided to increase our impact and offer scholarships to select participants of the 2010 competition. The FIRST organization attracts such a high caliber of students that it made our selection process a difficult, but enjoyable one. We were able to directly affect the students in a way that our company never has before. FIRST is a well oiled machine that helps companies positively impact students across the nation and world and encourage those students into the fields of science and engineering.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Being able to meet the scholarship winners and understand how my companies donation is directly impacting their life.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 27, 2010
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August 27, 2010
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I started as a high school student in FIRST learning from Engineering mentors about concepts that were not touched in school. The experience helped me shape my motivations for an engineering degree and specifically a focus on Robotics. Now I spend my free time mentoring and teaching high school students in FIRST. The passion and dedication of volunteers in the organization keeps my excitement high every year I've been involved.

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I keep very involved by email and mentoring activities once a week. During January I spend almost every day volunteering as a mentor to 30 high school kids.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would try to make robotics and science projects more affordable to student all around the world.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

My time mentoring and participating at competitions with students

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Amazing full of excitement and extremely motivated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand FIRST to more students across the country and help change America's perceptions of science and technology.

Ways to make it better...

The cost was significantly reduced so more students can participate.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Recruiting more lead mentors and highly experienced Robotics teachers. Cost of the entry to schools and serious teacher commitment is also severe drawback year to year.

One thing I'd also say is that...

FIRST is a fantastic organization for high school but a bit too expensive. They need to find ways to reduce cost.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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August 27, 2010

I got involved with FIRST because I was intrigued by the Founders notion that the education "problem" in the United States was a DEMAND problem as distingquished from a SUPPLY problem. "Kids don't stay in school because they can't get their hands on a good book". They don't stay in school and study because they don't understand why it is so important to their futures -- and so don't WANT to be in school. And rather than look to the government or to schools to generate demand, why not look to partner with BUSINESSES. Businesses have successfully generated demand for their products for generations, and so they are uniquely qualified to help generate demand to learn -- paaticularly to learn about things that businessess understand will impact the quality of life for all people on our planet. Armed with this theory, I convinced my company to sponsor a team in Detroit, Michigan. The school would not let me meet with large groups of students as they were afraid of a riot. So, I went classroom to classrom, convincing kids that they wanted to join the new FIRST team. I promised fun and good PR. The kids flat out told me no one would come see the robot they were supposed to build. They told me they were interested in jobs. So, to motivate them to join the team, we promised two team leaders summer internships. And we promised we would pay for the team of kids who actively participated to go to the finals at Disney. Thirty-six kids came EVERY meeting to design and build the robot, design team T-Shirts, organize fundraisers and document their experience. These same kids on their own got dressed up and made formal presentations to the comapany president. The team changed the kids -- gave them an insight into what they could do with themselves if they worked hard, stayed in school and took some math and science classes. It changed the employees who developed a new appreciation for themselves (they were heroes to the kids) and for one another. And this transformation took place in about eight weeks as the team of adults and students came together to solve a problem without enough resources, and without enough time. And they produced a great, attractive robot and won Rookie of the Year! A demand to learn was born, as was a new respect for scientists, engineers and mathematicians.

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Detroit, Boston, NYC, Chicago, Orlando....everywehre FIRST is! I have also served as a judge and heard the stories from students on the team who speak openly about never having been interested in math or engineering prior to joining their FIRST team.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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