Tune in this Sunday evening, August 14th to the ABC Television Network from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM ET to see just how exciting science and technology can be with robots! will.i.am, the front man and producer of the multi-platinum award-winning group, The Black Eyed Peas teams up with inventor/FIRST founder Dean Kamen for "i.am.FIRST: Science is Rock and Roll", a special one-hour promotion of education, science and technology. An inside look into the 20th Annual FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Championship, a worldwide science and robotics K-12 competition that celebrates technology will also feature live performances by The Black Eyed Peas and Willow Smith.
This Olympiad for the mind includes team profiles and robot teams duking it out on the floor of the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis for top honors and scholarship prizes. Special appearances from celebrities showing their support for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education include Justin Bieber, Jack Black, Bono, Miranda Cosgrove, Miley Cyrus, Josh Duhamel, Willow Smith, Britney Spears, Snoop Dogg, Justin Timberlake, Steven Tyler and Executive Producer will.i.am. The program documents the challenges that the country’s best and brightest students faced in the FIRST Regional Competitions leading up to and culminating in the international Championship.
Gather up the family and watch this exciting competition unfold. Encourage your children to get excited about back to school being just around the corner and looking forward to all the amazing things they can accomplish by learning science and math. Just remember... every time you use your mobile phone, laptop, HDTV, Facebook or YouTube it was some smart kid with science and technology skills that made it happen. Pretty cool, right? Most kids idolize pro-athletes and rock stars, however did you know that kids with smarts in math, science and engineering like Jeff Bezos/Amazon, Mark Zuckerberg/Facebook and Steve Jobs/Apple grew up to be tech billionaires with careers that eclipse the wealth and influence attained by most rock stars and pro-athletes?