From: Castleton, Clief
To: Lowry Snow, Francis Gibson, David Lifferth, Jim Nielson, Patrice Arent, Carol Moss, Daniel McCay, Steve Eliason, Marie Poulson, Keven John Stratton, Richard Cunningham, Greg Hughes, Kraig Powell, Dean Sanpei, Brad Last, Val Peterson,
Subject: HB 150
Date: Tue Mar 04 14:57:19 MST 2014

Honorable Representatives,

I am writing you in support of HB 150.  Utah is blossoming again and it is in the field of STEM education and industry. There are many opportunities for Utahns.  I am a mentor for a FIRST robotics team.  We have several mentors that come to my classroom on a regular basis to instruct and mentor the team from issues from programming to business, from graphic media to pneumatic systems.  One of those mentors has indicated to the kids that because of their involvement with FIRST, they are miles ahead of where he and his peers were at their age.  Another mentor from Comcast has indicated that he would hire a team member on the spot due to his abilities exhibited during FIRST activities. Please consider the fact that, among other programs, FIRST is leading the way in providing a forum that is both attractive to kids in its competitive nature (sport for the mind) but also provides opportunities and scholarships for kids to get interested and excited about engineering and all aspects of professional life as an engineer and scientist.  Kids who may never even have thought that they could do this are changing the course of their lives because of this.  This is what will prepare kids for the jobs of tomorrow.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Clief Castleton

Hillcrest High School