CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.Res. 1055 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Tuesday, March 9, 2010, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Michael Doyle (D-PA) on February 2, 2010.
H.Res. 1055 would resolve that the House of Representatives:
• "Supports the designation of National Robotics Week (NRW) as an annual event;
• "Encourages institutions of higher education and companies which utilize robotics technology to hold open houses during NRW to help explain the technology and its applications;
• "Encourages science museums to organize events and demonstrations during NRW that help to educate and engage the public on the utility, importance, and impact of robotics technology;
• "Encourages schools, clubs, and organizations to hold open houses, organize local competitions, and demonstrate student activities relating to the field of robotics technology;
• "Encourages activities that advance the use of robotics to revolutionize the way fundamental science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts are taught in the classroom and that highlight the success that robotics competitions organized by groups such as For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) are having at inspiring students to pursue STEM-related careers; and
• "Affirms the growing importance of robotics technology and supports all other efforts to increase national awareness of the technology and its impact on the future of the Nation."
According to the resolution findings, the second week in April each year is designated as "National Robotics Week", recognizing the accomplishments of Isaac Asimov, who immigrated to America, taught science, wrote science books for children and adults, first used the term robotics, developed the Three Laws of Robotics, and died in April, 1992.