Chantilly High School students testified before Congress on Friday.
Chantilly’s Robotics Team 612 testified before the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, according to an announcement released by the team.
Student Brian Morris spoke out in a hearing that was assembled to review STEM-(science, technology, engineering, math) education initiatives.
Morris discussed his experience participating in For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology Programs (FIRST).
“It has challenged and trained me in ways normal classroom schooling never has, and because of first, I feel more prepared to face the challenges and obstacles of the ‘real world’ than I ever imagined I would,” Morris told the group.
Students Elanna Crew, Daniel Nette, and Vishnu Rachakonda also testified.
The robotics team is a student-run organization with over 150 members. The team competes with high school students from around the country in build, design, program, and test a robot in only 6 weeks.