At the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists, we encourage students to explore their interest in STEM fields. That is why we have the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders — to inspire students to pursue the STEM career of their dreams.
At the Congress, they learn more about the fields that pique their curiosity. But more than that, we also help launch them to even greater heights. Read on as Congress delegate Brockton Jordahl shares his experience and his newfound interest in robotics.
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Brockton Jordahl hails from Hutchinson High School in Minnesota. At the beginning of the year, he was nominated as the Science Student of the Month in his school.
A couple of months later, Brockton has found himself in Lowell, Massachusetts. He was one of the delegates in the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders held there.
As the Academy’s Science Director, Nobel Prize winner Dr. John C. Mather signed Michael’s nomination to attend the Congress. Before his nomination, Brockton admitted that he didn’t know Dr. Mather and the Academy. But that did not prove to be a problem, as he eventually decided to accept his invitation.
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Each year, the Congress hosts STEM-inclined high school students from around the country. Each one of them is chosen for their exceptional wit and talent. Top professionals in STEM fields inspire them through talks and speeches. They even witness actual project demonstrations.
Such were the experiences of Brockton in his first Congress. He learned from what he dubbed as “smart and great leaders” in the fields of science and technology.
A remarkable speaker for Brockton was Ethernet co-inventor, Robert Metcalfe. He also heard from Nobel Prize in Physics winner Sheldon Glashow. Former US chief technology officer Megan J. Smith gave a talk as well.
Brockton says he enjoyed the career talks that most speakers gave. But another thing piqued his interest. What he found unique were the speakers who brought actual robotic models onstage. The demonstrations that these speakers gave impressed him.
One of the Congress speakers brought a robot with arms and the ability to walk around. The robot’s programmed tasks were even demonstrated onstage. Another guest speaker that caught Brockton’s attention had a work-in-progress Iron Man-like suit. The speaker also showed his suit’s ability to fly with the use of its arm and leg thrusters.
Through these Congress experiences, Brockton discovered his own interest in robotics.
For now, Brockton is still deciding on his career. While he may not end up entering the field of robotics in the future, it’s certain that his Congress experience opened up new possibilities for him.
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The National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists knows how vital STEM education is. These fields are essential for our country’s progress. Excellence in these will maintain our economic and technological leadership. This is why we teach and inspire bright students who have potential in STEM fields. The students of today are the next generation leaders that will bring us to the future.
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