Monday, October 15, 2012

Career of the Month

NSTA's career of the month for October is inventor! Dean Kamen, inventor of the segway, is an incredible example of an innovator and entrepreneur. He holds more than 440 United States and foreign patents, many of them for medical devices like the portable dialysis system and an all-terrain wheelchair.  It isn't surprising that Kamen has been inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. He also founded FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a nonprofit that runs robotics competitions to generate excitement in students about science and technology.

Kamen's advice to students: do what you're passionate about. As he told Luba Vangelova, "Nobody will get really good at something unless they're passionate about it. We all went to gym class, but those who wanted to excel at sports had to commit themselves to practice after school. Science and math are the same."

To find out more and to look at other interesting STEM careers, visit the NSTA website.