Team Service

Robotics for the Spectrum
Our team implemented one of the nation’s first robotics programs specifically designed for children with ASD. We hosted 4-week long sessions where participants built VEX IQ Clawbots- a feat made possible by tailoring the curriculum to their specific needs. The program culminated with a driving challenge, with participants receiving awards at the end, with employees of the Ed Asner Family Center stating that it was one of their most successful programs to date.

In late June of 2023 we participated in the National Advocacy Conference (NAC) held by the Student Association for STEM Advocacy (SASA) in Washington D.C. The advocacy focused on two pieces of legislature – Title IV of the Every Student Succeeds Act, and Title III of the CHIPS & Science Act. We met with the offices of both California Senators, Padilla & Feinstein, as well as three of our congress people- Garcia, Brownley, and Sherman. 

After connecting with several California Robotics Teams at NAC 2022, we co-founded the California Association for STEM Advocacy, or CASA. In January, we held a STEM Advocacy conference, where we spent two days teaching fellow robotics teams how to advocate, having them hold meetings with their state senators. As a result of this conference, we passed a resolution for March 25th, 2023, to become STEAM Observance day.