Help us inspire students to learn more about science and technology.

I’m very fortunate to have gotten involved with Vex – I was actually on a FRC team last year until build season ended. Our team was like: what shall we do? Having met Rick Tyler earlier in the year, we figured that we’d try our hand at Vex.

Our experience led us to Worlds – and we did pretty well. But I’m not here to gloat. I just want to say that involvement in Robotics has brought me to start up a nonprofit organization to inspire students to learn more about science and technology – and here’s it’s story.

I’ve always had this passion for science and technology (that’s why I got into running websites in the first place). These subjects are so important to us – we have a lot of world problems: climate change, lack of clean water, food problems, etc, and science and technology will help us find solutions.

While in high school, I realized that a lot of students were disinterested in science and technology because of the theoretical nature of classes. You don’t learn to ride a bike by reading a textbook and taking a multiple choice test, why science?

After switching high schools in my senior year and getting the chance to join a robotics team, I realized that hands-on experience was key. You need to ride the bike to learn it; you need students to actually try working on projects of their interest.

However, robotics was only one of my many interests – and being on the team, I conversed with some of my friends and we came to this conclusion:

Looking around at society, we have libraries for people who love books, sports fields for people who love sports, and a lot of other places for people who love different things. However, we don’t really have a place for people who love science and technology.

We want to inspire students to learn more about science and technology, and build a science/tech center to do so. A community and resource center – where a student can come in with ideas of questions – and get access to equipment, tools, mentors, peers, etc, which they can utilize to engage in the worlds of science and technology.

If you’d like to learn more, you can read more on our website, or feel free to reply/contact us.

However, I’d like to ask all of you for a favor:

On Facebook, there’s an initiative from Chase where you can vote for your 20 favorite small/medium nonprofits, and they’ll fund the top 100 voted nonprofits.

I’ve worked with a team of students to develop this idea over the past 6 months, and we could really use a big break like this to achieve our goal.

Would you mind voting for us? It takes just a few seconds, and anyone with a Facebook account can do it!

Thanks!

To vote: http://apps.facebook.com/chasecommunitygiving/charities/600069
To learn more: http://studentrnd.org/
Facebook Page: [http://facebook.com/studentrnd

I’d appreciate all of your comments on our idea as well!](http://facebook.com/studentrnd)

Edward is the real thing. How he manages a full course load at the University of Washington AND what looks like a full-time job running this not-for-profit is beyond me. Supporting him is a good idea, and I wish him the best.