Woodie_flowersHORSHAM (October 31, 2014) — While most parents of school-aged children hope their youngsters will develop a passion for science, technology, engineering and math (known as STEM), Robotics pioneer Woodie Flowers, PhD, is actively working to instill this passion in today’s students. On Wednesday, November 12, the Hatboro-Horsham Educational Foundation welcomes Dr. Flowers, the Pappalardo Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The event begins at 6:30 pm at Hatboro-Horsham High School, 899 Horsham Road in Horsham and is open to the community. Tickets are $20 for adults (students are always free). Earlier that day, Dr. Flowers will be working with Keith Valley Middle School and Hatboro-Horsham High School students and teachers.

In 1989, inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Dr. Flowers, who serves as the organization’s national advisor, co-founded the annual FIRST Robotics challenges, in which Hatboro-Horsham students participate and host competition events.

“In today’s social environment, FIRST has a chance to re-define the larger economic and moral playing field,” noted Dr. Woodie Flowers,. “Our students can be their own economic stimulus packages by leveraging their skills into self-sustaining careers and help with the issues we face in the 21st century.” FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering and math.

“We are extremely enthusiastic about bringing Dr. Flowers to our community,” explained Nancy DeLucia, Executive Director, Abstract futuristic motion blurred and gear technology line isolHatboro-Horsham Educational Foundation, an organization deeply committed to enhancing the learning experience of its students. “Keeping in step with our mission to provide inspiring programs to enhance the educational experience of all students, Dr. Flowers will share his enthusiasm for strong STEM programs as well as for innovative curriculum that prepares our students to do things that machines cannot yet do.”

For more information on Dr. Flowers’ presentation, please visit http://www.hhef.org/dr-woodieflowers.

About Woodie Flowers, PhD

Woodie Flowers, PhD, is the Pappalardo Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Distinguished Partner at Olin College. Dr. Flowers participates in the design of the FIRST Robotics Competition game each year. He has served as a National Advisor to FIRST since the inception of the FIRST Robotics Competition.

Dr. Flowers helped create MIT’s renowned course “Introduction to Design.” He also received national recognition in his role as host for the PBS television series Scientific American Frontiers from 1990 to 1993 and received a New England EMMY Award for a special PBS program on design. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He recently received The Joel and Ruth Spria Outstanding Design Educator Award from ASME, a Public Service Medal from NASA, and a Doctor Honoris Causa from Andreas Bello University in Chile. He is a MacVicar Faculty Fellow at MIT for extraordinary contributions to undergraduate education. He was also the Inaugural Recipient of the Woodie Flowers Award by FIRST. Currently, Dr. Flowers is a director of three companies. He and his wife Margaret live in Weston, Massachusetts.

About the Hatboro-Horsham Educational Foundation

HHEF (www.hhef.org) is a nonprofit organization that provides funding for programs that enhance the learning experience of our students and engage the community at large.

Editors’ note:  If you are interested in covering the November 12 presentation, contact Lisa Bailey at 215-872-5846 or lisabroidabailey@gmail.com.