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LEDE: A first-ever Olympics-like robotics competition begins in D-C today, bringing together young people from 160 countries.
Randy Atkins: It’s called FIRST Global…and, like the Olympics, its goal is to bring the world together through friendly competition. But FIRST founder, Dean Kamen, says this robotics contest has an important difference.
Dean Kamen: FIRST is the only sport that every kid on every team can turn pro, there’s a desperate global need for kids that have technical capability to deal with all the challenges we’re going to face.
Randy Atkins: FIRST Global is themed on 14 Grand Challenges for Engineering. This inaugural event shines a spotlight on the goal of providing everyone access to clean water.
Dean Kamen: We really can create, for the first time ever, a generation of kids that are a global network of problem-solvers that will be prepared to deal with the issues that are so critical to humanity.
Randy Atkins: The competition runs through Tuesday at Constitution Hall. With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP News.