WATCH: will.i.am Pushes Youth Education in the Sciences with TV Special

The Black Eyed Peas frontman looks to make science and technology cool for kids

will.i.am advocates STEM education as being cool for kids with new TV special on ABC

Science and technology are the industries of tomorrow. Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am understands that clearly and does not want our children to be left behind. In an effort to make STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics] studies “cool,” the seven-time Grammy Award winner teamed up with Segway inventor Dean Kamen for his back to school TV special, i.am.FIRST: Science is Rock & Roll.

Airing this Sunday, August 14 on ABC (7pm EST), i.am.FIRST is an hour-long TV special on the 20th annual FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Championship, a worldwide science and robotics competition for kids in grades K-12. In addition to highlighting tech savvy young from around the globe, the show will feature performances by The Black Eyed Peas and Willow Smith, among others.

On the eve of the show’s airing, BlackEnterprise.com sat down with will.i.am, who shared his thoughts on the FIRST Championship, the importance of the special and why getting young people involved in the sciences is vital to America remaining competitive in the global economy.

Video produced by Frank Williams & edited by Jean Senelier



6 Responses to WATCH: will.i.am Pushes Youth Education in the Sciences with TV Special

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  2. Jeremy says:

    I think this is great! Will.I.Am’s revelation is something I experienced first hand. I was one of those kids in middle school and now I’m in a PhD program at my university in civil engineering. It’s just so difficult to get young people to focus on their education. But when they do it is one of the most awe-inspiring things I’ve ever seen. Through The National Society of Black Engineers, I’ve seen this happen over and over again. Hopefully programs like FIRST and NSBE will continue to reach our communities and show kids that there are other options out there like engineering, science and technology!

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  6. diana says:

    I am trying to reach Will.i.am to invite him as a special guest at our STEM Revolution, a unique education event in Denver. Will.i.am, are you there? — Diana

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