Jake’s Journal: Garmin engineers focus on future through FIRST robotics


IMG_1618 IMG_1641 Most of the time when we talk about Garmin employees' activities over the weekend, it has to do with running, cycling, golfing, hunting or working at events. Last weekend, my engineering colleagues were busy again – this time, the focus was on volunteering and teaching. Here's their recap:

We had 124 guests on Saturday, Dec. 5, for an 8-hour FIRST robotics programming training session. The guests included high school students and mentors from Grain Valley, MO, to the Ozarks to Paola, KS, and all points in between. Nine Garmin engineering associates volunteered their day to mentor, serve, and escort guests.

IMG_1667 This event was a joint effort between Garmin, National Instruments, Honeywell FM&T, and Kansas City FIRST. FIRST robotics is a rapidly growing nonprofit program started by inventor Dean Kamen with the goal of inspiring young people of all ages to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). President Obama recently welcomed a FIRST FRC team to the White House to help kickoff his “Educate to Innovate” program.

The KC-area participating schools will be back at Garmin on Jan. 9 for the official kickoff to the 6-week-long FIRST robotics season.

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