On Tuesday, December 19, 2017 our team spoke with our state and community leaders about the influx of job opportunities brought about by the increased amount of quality workforce members established by our team’s coordination with FIRST.

FRC Team 5437 Building Foundation for Future Leaders

Our team had the privilege to speak with our city’s mayor, Jerry Wilkins, to introduce the idea of a Mayor’s Youth Council. He toured our STEM Lab and Build facility. We introduced him to F.I.R.S.T. Inspires ideology and our teams Initiative. We took this opportunity to educate our Mayor with a presentation. With our presentation “Robotics as a Stimulus for Economic Growth” we are educating the importance of a Highly Qualified workforce combined with our deep moral values and how this is a very valuable asset for our region. After meeting with him he is thrilled to see the initiative of the young minds of his town and gave us a green light to draft a presentation to create a Mayor’s Youth Council. With the Mayor’s Youth Council the youth of our community will have the opportunity to learn how their local government operates. This council will prepare and educate our future leaders. Through our initiative we are paving the way for STEM and creating the next generation of leaders.

 

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Educating our Nation’s Politicians about our Initiative “Robotics as a Stimulus for Economic Growth”

It was a big day for Team 5437. We had the pleasure to host four distinguished guests: Arkansas House Speaker Pro-Tem Rep Jon Eubanks, Arkansas Senator Gary Stubblefield, US Representative Bruce Westerman, and John Novak, a living legend in the Arkansas FIRST community. We took this opportunity to educate our Nations Politicians with a presentation. With our presentation “Robotics as a Stimulus for Economic Growth” we are educating the importance of a Highly Qualified workforce combined with our deep moral values and how this is a very valuable asset for our region.  We especially want to thank Rep Eubanks and Senator Stubblefield for sponsoring our team!

Congressman Bruce Westerman at Rock City Regionals

“I am grateful to have an opportunity to speak at the 2017 FIRST Robotics regional competition. Robotics encourages STEM education and develops a collaboration with high school students and business professionals that will result in a workforce ready to meet the needs of industry in the 21st century.” cc: Arkansas FIRST Incorporated

I am grateful to have an opportunity to speak at the 2017 FIRST Robotics regional competition. Robotics encourages STEM education and develops a collaboration with high school students and business professionals that will result in a workforce ready to meet the needs of industry in the 21st century. cc: Arkansas FIRST Incorporated

Posted by Congressman Bruce Westerman on Friday, March 10, 2017

Sharing Message of STEM and FIRST with Governor Asa Hutchinson

Our team had the opportunity to have a personal meeting with our states Governor Asa Hutchinson. The Governor was very impressed with our Team and our message. Here is what he tweeted: @AsaHutchinson Team 5437 Tweet. While we spoke with the Governor we were able to lobby for funding allocated for STEM in Arkansas, and the bill later passed. We consider ourselves very humbled and blessed for this oppourtunity!