USRA Receives $25,000 Donation for STEM Workforce Development Programs
Columbia, MD—October 17, 2019. Universities Space Research Association (USRA) today announced a donation of $25,000 from JastinTech-Luxrobo to support the delivery of STEM workforce development programs at USRA’s STEMaction Center. The gift will help ensure USRA’s ability to deliver robotics competitions, conduct 3D printing workshops, host classes to build computers, and provide opportunities to launch small-scale experiments into space for students.
The donation was announced at an event at USRA’s STEMaction Center promoting the upcoming launch of a workshop to teach computer coding using MODI robotics and automation elements invented by Korean start-up company Luxrobo.
Dr. Jeffrey A. Isaacson, CEO and President, USRA (right) watching Jastin Tech CEO, Dr. SangHun Oh demonstrate the operation of the MODI Robotics components.
“Sparking curiosity and a desire for exploration in science and technology at the earliest ages is the first step toward improving the pipeline of students who will ultimately pursue STEM careers,” said Dr. Jeffrey A. Isaacson, President and CEO of USRA. “This generous gift from JastinTech will enable USRA to continue providing these activities and ensure they are accessible to students from all socioeconomic backgrounds.”
“As a company that relies on a highly-skilled STEM workforce, we want to help ensure all employers in Howard County and across the region have the talent pool to draw from,” said Soo Park, JastinTech VP of Federal Sales. “JastinTech is committed to inspiring students to pursue STEM careers and is proud to partner with USRA in this effort.” The intuitive design and ease of use of the MODI elements combined with Luxrobo’s proprietary MODI Studio coding platform facilities differentiates content development for students at all skill levels – from beginner to robotics and programming expert.
The event was also attended by Howard County Executive Dr. Calvin Ball, who noted that “Howard County will continue to be a leader in innovation by investing in education, celebrating big ideas, and expanding opportunities for every child.” “I want to thank JastinTech-Luxrobo for their $25,000 sponsorship and I look forward to our continued partnership.”
Dr. Calvin Ball, Howard County Executive (right) and Dr, SangHun at the event.
Also attending the event was Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) CEO, Lawrence Twele.
The Washington, DC-Baltimore region is a national leader in the cyber security industry, home to major research instructions, and leading manufacturing, biotech, information technology, and health care organizations placing STEM professionals in high demand. USRA delivers a portfolio of hands-on K-12 STEM programs to inspire, engage, and develop the next generation science and technology workforce.
The Universities Space Research Association (USRA) is a nonprofit corporation chartered to advance space-related science, technology and engineering. USRA was founded in 1969, under the auspices of the National Academy of Sciences at the request of the U.S. Government. It operates scientific institutes and facilities, and conducts other major research and educational programs, under Federal funding from NASA, the Air Force Research Laboratory, the Department of Energy, and other agencies. USRA engages the university community and employs in-house technical leadership and project management expertise. The governance of USRA is grounded in 111 major research universities. USRA is located in Columbia, Maryland. More information about USRA is available at www.usra.edu.