A while back Sheril Kirshenbaum introduced me to the communications team for FIRST, a great organization that encourages kids to consider STEM careers. They organize competitions where school kids form teams to build robots out of Lego bricks and other things.
I got a chance to interview one of the teams - the "Minds In Gear" team from Coatesville, PA. My conversation helped me understand a bit about how valuable the organization is and how much promise our young people really have. The organization has built up a decent following and they also encourage companies to get their employees to serve as mentors.
Check it out.