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Congressman Larry Bucshon Accepts Invitation to Visit STEM Education in Practice at FIRST Robotics' Crossroads Regional

March 5, 2014

Cornwell & Bucshon

Accepting Invitation: Rose-Hulman’s Vice President for Academic Affairs Phillip Cornwell (right) invited U.S. Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-Indiana) to attend the FIRST Robotics’ Crossroads Regional following testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Research and Technology. (Photo by Nick McGee)

Indiana Eighth District Congressman Larry Bucshon is planning to attend the FIRST Robotics’ Crossroads Regional on Friday, March 7, at Rose-Hulman. It will allow him to get a first-hand look at how young Americans are being motivated toward science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by participating in this premier international youth robotics event.

As the keynote speaker at a special regional luncheon, Bucshon will discuss how STEM initiatives, like FIRST Robotics, benefit America’s future. The luncheon will feature event sponsors and local community leaders. Later, the congressman will visit the competition’s pit area and qualifying rounds in Rose-Hulman’s Sports and Recreation Center.

Bucshon is accepting an invitation to visit a FIRST Robotics competition in his district, extended by FIRST Robotics Founder Dean Kamen and Rose-Hulman Vice President for Academic Affairs Phillip Cornwell during testimony in early January before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Research and Technology (part of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology), of which he chairs. Kamen and Cornwell discussed how private sector organizations, like FIRST Robotics, can engage and retain youths’ STEM interests.

Three teams from Bucshon’s southern Indiana district are participating in the Crossroads Regional: Jasper High School, Jasper; Pike Central High School, Petersburg; and a collaborative effort from the Vigo County School Corporation, Terre Haute.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) brings the excitement of a sporting event to science and technology through a robotics competition. FIRST is supported by three out of every five Fortune 500 companies and will offer more than $19 million in college scholarships this year. This year’s game, Aerial Assist, has robots picking up, passing, and throwing balls into goals on the large playing during a two-minute and 30-second match.

A total of 45 high school teams from nine states are competing in this year’s Crossroads Regional, hoping to qualify for the FIRST Championship on April 24-26 in St. Louis.