He is incredibly passionate about FIRST and praises the program within the article for engaging youth in engineering and science through hands-on activities no longer embraced by school systems. He really captures the spirit of FIRST beautifully in the excerpt below, explaining it as more than a sports event.
Yet there was something more, and not just the presence of Segways. It was an extraordinary spirit of cooperation. Teams shared parts, tools, knowledge and information. Networks of mentors provided assistance. “When other kids see my son being mentored by engineers,” said an inner-city dad behind me, “they start to lose interest in ‘American Idol.’ They see the prospect of real careers.” A member of the northern Israel team told me, in what surely must be an example of extreme cooperation, of his team’s collaboration with two Arab teams.
The article is also available online via the below link.