Was Galileo truly that different from Jules Verne?
Throughout time dreamers have imagined new ways of doing things, some on the page and others in the lab. Science fiction is both the catalyst and result of scientific discovery and innovation.
For science fiction to exist there must be an interest in science and technology in our society. To that end, Dean Kamen, inventor, and Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, owner of LEGO, started a program to interest children in the sciences.
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a program for school-aged children that is designed to get children excited about using science and technology to solve problems. Children in the FIRST FLL LEGO League use robotics to solve scaled versions of real-world problems using skills real research scientists use every day.
On Saturday, December 3, members of the Talaria Press team spent the day volunteering at the Lynnwood FLL Regional Qualifier. Watching the energy the children had for science and technology was a joy. We wish all the wonderful participants the best of luck in their future scientific or perhaps… literary endeavors.
Talaria Press is proud to support FIRST and we encourage our readers to help foster a love of science in children in their own communities by volunteering time or resources to their local FIRST program.