Congressman Bill Foster Introduces Resolution Designating a National FIRST Robotics Day

Mar 29, 2021

by ASME.org

On March 19, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) introduced a resolution expressing support for designation of the third Friday of every March as “National FIRST Robotics Day.” Congressman Foster is Co-Chair of the House Research and Development Caucus and is himself the only Ph.D. scientist serving in Congress. In designating the third Friday of March as National FIRST Robotics Day, the House of Representatives recognizes the continuing importance of the National Science Foundation’s mathematics and science education programs.
 
The resolution outlines a myriad of reasons why robotics is crucial to American progress in science and technology, including stating that robotics is rapidly proving to be one of the most effective, compelling, and engaging means for teaching and reinforcing fundamental science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts as well as inspiring the Nation’s youth to pursue STEM-related careers, thereby helping to create a highly skilled, 21st century American workforce.
 
The resolution also recognizes that America’s leadership in robotics technology and the technology’s broad potential underscores the need for increased investment in robotics technology research and development and inspires the Nation’s youth to pursue careers in robotics and other STEM-related fields. The resolution encourages schools and educators to observe the day with appropriate activities that teach students about robotics and engage them with the study of mathematics and science.
 
The measure is largely symbolic and needs no further action.
 

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