REC Foundation Names Jason Morrella as President

REC Foundation Names Jason Morrella as President

Robotics Education & Competition Veteran to Lead Non-Profit

Sterling Heights, Mich. - June 16, 2010 – The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation, looking to continue as a leader in promoting science, technology, education and math (STEM) based initiatives in both the classroom and extracurricular activities, has named Jason Morrella as president.

Morrella brings more than 15 years of experience in education, robotics competition development and event management and is a distinguished leader among the educational and competitive robotics communities. He joins the REC Foundation after having served as Senior Director of Education and Competition for Innovation First, Inc., where he led the development of the VEX Robotics Competition program and oversaw its explosive growth in becoming the largest middle and high school robotics competition in the world. Before IFI, Jason spent eight years as a Regional Director for FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), where he helped to aggressively grow the program throughout the western United States, build a sustainable base of supported events and was a member of the FRC Game Design Committee. Prior to FIRST, Jason was an award-winning educator in California, and received the 1998-1999 San Jose Unified School District Teacher of the Year Award.

“The Robotics Education & Competition Foundation’s mission is to identify, support and work with successful, high quality, technology-based programs that promote STEM education for students,” said Morrella, president of the REC Foundation. “I look forward to collaborating with members from technology education and robotics organizations to ensure that high-quality robotics and technology programs are accessible to every student at every school.”

The REC Foundation, a 501©(3) non-profit organization, supports robotics and technology events and programs that aim to inspire and motivate students to advance in STEM education. In addition to supporting competitions for some of the world’s leading robotics platforms and organizations including VEX, TSA, BOTBALL and BEST Robotics Competitions, the foundation also provides program support and workshops focused on technology and professional development for educators – including the RobotEvents.com community portal website which helps promote multiple high quality programs and provides online registration and event pages for hundreds of events around the world.

Please visit RobotEvents.com to learn more about the high quality programs supported by the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation.

Information Contact: [EMAIL=“info@RobotEvents.com”]info@RobotEvents.com

WAY TO GO JASON!

Also a VERY smart move for REC! Can’t wait to see where this leads…

_Cody