Code TI Research Engineer, George Gorospe, volunteered to participate at the first annual Indigenous Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Robotics Competition on March 25th, 2017, on the Gila River Native American Community in Sacaton, Arizona. George served as a judge for the four classes of robotics competitions including rovers and drones. George also shared with the students his experiences growing up on a reservation, the importance of STEM education, and his path to NASA. George gave a demo of a NASA robotic platform on loan from the education office. Over 100 students participated in the daylong competition. Other highlights included a demo by a voice-controlled robot that responds only to commands spoken in the Navajo language.
BACKGROUND: NASA has a tradition of investing in the nation’s education programs and supporting the country’s educators. To keep up the excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, educational outreach activities are leveraged to ensure that the next generation of Americans can accept the full measure of their roles and responsibilities in shaping the future. NASA will continue the Agency’s tradition of investing in the nation’s education programs and supporting the country’s educators who play a key role in preparing, inspiring, exciting, encouraging, and nurturing the young minds of today, who will be the workforce of tomorrow.
NASA PROGRAM FUNDING: Travel funding was provided through the outreach fund of SGT Inc.
POINT OF CONTACT: George Gorospe, firstname.lastname@example.org