will.i.am has a long history of supporting STEM, whether it be broadcasting his songs into space with NASA or donating his time and money to The Science Museum in London. Nonetheless, it has always been clear that FIRST is what is most inspiring to him. Indeed, as Dean Kamen presented will.i.am with this inaugural "Make It Loud" Award, he credited the students of FIRST as his greatest inspiration for going back to college to study computer science. During his address to the crowd, he encouraged students to continute pursuing STEM, saying that the next great superstars of tomorrow are not going to be entertainers or athletes, but innovators and thinkers. He believes that we're entering an era similar to the 1920s, and America is in need of the Edison or Tesla.
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