“US senators unveiled an initiative Monday to try to narrow the US gap with Asian nations more advanced in robotics, proposing exposing American high school students to a curriculum heavier on technology and science. Democrat Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire sponsored the plan calling for exposing students to heavier doses of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) seen as essential starting points on tracks to the better-paying jobs of the present and future.”
Now is an exceedingly opportune time for all team members, mentors, educators, parents, volunteers, FIRST alums, etc to write/e-mail their US Senators to show support for this initiative. Let them know how important programs like FIRST are to your future and the future of our country. Tell them how much of a positive impact these programs make and have made on your lives.
Read the article: http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20110404/tc_afp/usroboteducationtechnologyasia_20110404231222
BTW - The senator herself later took in the robotics demonstration and even steered one of the machines herself.
We can make a difference!