Robert Sun

Inventor of the
First In Math Online Program

Robert Sun, chairman, president and chief executive of Suntex International Inc., is an inventor, engineer and entrepreneur who holds numerous U.S. patents. Sun also holds several copyrights in the field of educational games. 

During the past 30 years, Sun has seen his latest creations—the complete line of 24® games and the First In Math® Online Program—used by more than 10 million students throughout the United States and abroad as innovative tools that are teaching a new generation of students to become critical thinkers and problem solvers.

“I want to demonstrate that mathematics can be powerful, engaging and fascinating,” says Sun.

“The essence of math is patterns. What is important in mathematics is not what a number 'means' but how it can connect with other numbers. Get good at math and you will have the skills to understand how our universe works,” Sun explains.

Born in Shanghai, Sun moved to the United States, where his family settled in Philadelphia when he was nine years old. “When I arrived I was placed in the fifth grade, though I barely knew my ABCs. While I struggled to learn a new language, I was teased mercilessly by my peers. These same students would, however, later turn to me for help with their math problems."

“I realized then that math was powerful, and I further understood that the power of math transcends cultures. Based on these experiences, I believe it is imperative that we teach our youth skills that are universal.”

Sun, who graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1970 with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering, is a nationally-recognized expert in the use of technology to enhance math education. Sun’s articles have appeared in The Huffington Post, U.S. News & World Report, USA Today Magazine and many education-related publications.

Sun’s efforts at improving the math skills of his nation’s youth resulted in a White House reception, May 1990, with First Lady Barbara Bush. Because Sun believes in the importance of weaving math achievement into the popular culture, his work has lead him to meet with leaders in business, education and government, including members of Congress, governors, mayors of large cities and corporate CEOs.

In July 1994, Sun travelled to South Africa, where the 24® game had reached more than one million schoolchildren. Sun addressed leaders in education, business, government and media, on developing a national strategy to upgrade the numeric literacy of all South African children.

In December 1994, Pennsylvania Gov.-elect Tom Ridge’s transition team chose Sun to serve as a member to help prepare a report on the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In April 1995, Sun was appointed by Gov. Ridge to serve as a member of the State Board of Education of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In 1997, Gov. Ridge appointed Sun to the Team Pennsylvania Ambassador Council.

In May of 2008, Sun was presented with an Asian Entrepreneur of the Year Award by Asian Enterprise Magazine. Sun was handpicked by the Awards Committee for being a source of inspiration for the Asian Pacific American business community, and was recognized in the Manufacturing/Engineering category. Sun received a U.S. Congressional Medal of Distinction in 2008, and the General George A. McCall Centennial Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in 2009.

A student of Eastern philosophy, Sun believes that we have the power to direct or influence our life energy. He knows that if he thinks positively enough about making something happen, it will. Judging from his many accomplishments, Sun seems to have that life force firmly in hand.

His recent genealogical research on his family tree dating back more than 100 generations revealed, among other startling discoveries, that Robert Sun (112th generation) is descended from Sun Tzu (29th generation), the famous military strategist and author of “The Art of War.”

Robert Sun's greatest hope is that the 24® game and First In Math® will serve as tools to help create a new generation of thinkers. He continues to inspire young students to connect with the world of numbers and move on to excel in the fields of mathematics and science.

A dedicated family man, Sun lives in Easton with his wife Nan and their sons.

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