Tuesday 16 March 2010

Automation for American boy scouts

The Automation Federation (AF) has announced that the members of the Baltimore/Washington D.C. Section of the International Society of Automation (ISA) have offered to serve as exhibit volunteers in the Automation Federation’s Technology Quest Exhibit at the upcoming 2010 Boy Scout Jamboree 26 July – 4 August 2010 VA US).

The Automation Federation was selected by the Boy Scouts of America to be a Technology Partner to host an exhibit in the Technology Quest exhibit area at the 2010 National Boy Scout Jamboree. Technology Quest is intended to provide Scouts with opportunities to take part in various science-related activities throughout the duration of the Jamboree. The purpose of the Automation Federation exhibit is to challenge the imaginations of the Scouts and to allow them to explore the wide variety of careers that await them in the automation profession.

The Automation Federation exhibit volunteers will discuss what automation is and promote math and science and their importance to the automation profession. Rich Sommerfield, president of the ISA Baltimore/Washington D.C. Section, is leading the effort to recruit members of this ISA Section to serve as AF exhibit volunteers.

When asked about the reason behind his efforts, he said, “The Automation Federation Technology Quest Exhibit is an invaluable opportunity to reach out to thousands of Scouts who will be thinking about their education and career paths. With this exhibit, we will have the opportunity to make a lasting impression on these Scouts about pursuing careers in automation. I am proud to say that the ISA Baltimore/Washington D.C. Section will have some enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers on hand each day to help convey the message of the importance of math and science and to promote careers in automation.”

Co-Chair for the AF Technology Quest Exhibit, Leo Staples, said, “As Co-Chair for the planning of this Automation Federation Exhibit and as President-Elect for ISA, I am pleased to have the support of the Baltimore/Washington Section volunteers. I know their efforts will ensure our Exhibit is a success. I know these ISA Members will epitomize the finest example of what an automation professional is and can be to the Scouts.”

The Automation Federation hopes that the ISA Baltimore/Washington D.C. Section’s participation in and commitment to the AF Technology Quest Exhibit will encourage other ISA Sections and other automation professionals to lend their support and time to making the exhibit a success.

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