Since then, U.S. Representative Richard Hanna has been touring area schools encouraging students to pursue fields in these subjects. And today he visited Rome Catholic School to see students at all grade levels, studying dimension mathematics, cyber security, and advanced technology.
"Engages the students, it takes them out of the regular lecture, note-taking environment, into a hands-on. This is the wave of the future," says Sandra Engle, Rome Catholic School technology teacher.
"Everyone gets a robot. I programmed it, and I figured out all the angles and we made it on a loop so it turns and then stops for about 10 seconds and then it turns again. They're fun to do," says Erin Reilly, Rome Catholic School 8th grade student.
Hanna's bill, the STEM Education Opportunity Act, is an education policy that he says will help increase jobs for the 21st century.