Friday, January 24, 2014

Kennamer Elected to BEST Board of Directors

Northeast Alabama BEST Robotics hub co-director, Dr. Mike Kennamer has been elected to represent District 3 on the BEST Robotics, Inc. Board of Directors. District 3 serves the following hubs in Tennessee, Georgia and northern half and eastern half of Alabama:

The goals of BEST Robotics, Inc. are to:
  • Promote the growth of hubs (local competition sites) across the U.S., thus maximizing the “pipeline” of future engineers, scientists, and technical professionals.
  • Increase hub growth among two-year technical colleges and four-year colleges and universities.
  • Promote the involvement of rural and inner city schools which often have limited access to programs of this nature.
  • Increase participation of women and minority students.
  • Develop new and foster existing alliances with national organizations that are stakeholders in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education.
  • Recruit national corporate sponsors.
  • Develop educational partnerships with organizations, foundations, and corporations that are engaged in K-12 workforce development.
Kennamer's election is for a two-year term. The board of BEST Robotics is comprised of BEST volunteers and industry professionals. The board meets once a month by webinar/conference call and once per year at a face to face meeting.