For the fifth year in a row, Rockefeller today hosted the 51st National Youth Science Camp luncheon. The National Youth Science Camp is a four-week program based at
"Math and science are the future of our country. They will lead you to interesting and challenging careers where you will innovate, create, and build. And they are how we as a country will remain competitive," Rockefeller said in his prepared remarks to the group.
"By participating in this Camp, you are showing your commitment to learning. And while you may not realize it right now, you are taking a step to set yourself up for future success and to help build a smarter, stronger country."
The camp's delegates began their four-week camp experience in late June, and have been challenged academically in scientific lectures, studies, outdoor activities in the forests and wildlife areas of
Later in the afternoon, Rockefeller chaired a hearing in the
"There can be absolutely no question that investing in science and technology, in innovation, and in educating our young people is critical to maintaining our nation's global leadership. Unless we choose to support science in this country - and it is a choice - I am afraid that the next world-changing innovation will not belong to us," Rockefeller said in his prepared remarks for the hearing.
Also during the hearing, Rockefeller announced his plans to introduce legislation that would reauthorize the America COMPETES Act. Recognizing the need for long-term investments in science and technology,
Rockefeller's bill would authorize stable and sustained increases in Federal R&D funding for the
Rockefeller was actively involved in developing and championing both America COMPETES Acts of 2007 and 2010, and has worked on STEM and innovation-related issues throughout his entire
Rockefeller has -
* Authored the 1995 National Technology and Advancement Act to encourage public-private research agreements;
* Promoted innovation by extending the research and experimentation tax credit in 1999;
* Worked as a member of the Science and
* Authorized the successful Robert Noyce Teacher Fellowship Program and NSF Math and Science Education Partnerships.
To read Rockefeller's full opening statement at today's Commerce Committee hearing, go to: http://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Hearings&ContentRecord_id=9c3d3e8b-b2a7-4def-bd97-ae9c3b50daba&Statement_id=62df3ddd-8ff1-44ea-bfc6-7ba5eb04c7fc&ContentType_id=14f995b9-dfa5-407a-9d35-56cc7152a7ed&Group_id=b06c39af-e033-4cba-9221-de668ca1978a&MonthDisplay=7&YearDisplay=2014.
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