23-year Marine veteran; 48th Mayor of Indianapolis (2008-2015) and creator of the Indianapolis City Championship for VEX Robotics; Visiting Fellow at University of Indianapolis.
Robotics competitions are not only about increasing STEM knowledge. They provide avenues to learn about team building, strategy, persistence, collaboration, how to win and lose gracefully, and risk taking. I’ve seen so many students’ lives changed as a result of these competitions. It is humbling to have been a part of it all.