You may know will.i.am — assuming you know him at all — as the frontman for the Black Eyed Peas. You probably don’t know he’s now the director of creative innovation at Intel. And that he’s leading a push for better science and technology education in our schools. Which is why he’s teamed up with Dean Kamen — the guy who invented the Segway scooter — and Kamen’s foundation called FIRST, or For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. They’ve gotten together to produce a television special called “i.am.FIRST: Science and Rock and Roll”, about robotics championships for kids grades K-12. It airs on ABC this Sunday.
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