On September 13, 2011, Tony Norman, president and chief executive officer of Innovation First International (IFI) and VEX Robotics, Inc, addressed Congress on the highly successful and rapidly expanding use of VEX Robotics in the classroom and in extra-curricular competitions in our country and worldwide. He presented at a hearing held by the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology.
At the hearing, Norman discussed a serious challenge that we face today as a nation â€“we do not have enough high school graduates taking an interest in or feeling prepared to enter the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) going into college and beyond into the workforce. Alongside several private corporations and non-profit organizations, VEX Robotics works to inspire students to embrace STEM education and prepare them for STEM related careers as they enter the workforce. Through a variety of critical public and private partnerships, VEX provides hands-on learning in the classroom and engaging after-school competitions. Serving as a driving catalyst, VEX Robotics successfully inspires and prepares todayâ€™s students to pursue STEM studies, careers, and further prepares them to become tomorrowâ€™s scientists, engineers, and problem solving leaders.
For the full text of Tonyâ€™s written testimony, click here. They are well worth reading and include some eye-opening remarks on the extent to which VEX Robotics is the leading â€œco-curricularâ€ program embraced by organizations like Project Lead the Way and the Technology Students Association, to name just two. For the Hearing Charter, which provides background on the importance of STEM education, click here. For an article on SpaceREF.com that summarizes the hearing and the comments of other speakers, click here. You can learn more about VEX at www.vexrobotics.com, (903) 453-0800.