March 29, 2005

Using Robotics To Get Out Of The Hood

Wired 13.04: La Vida Robot

Wired Magazine: La Vida RobotIt's definitely a bit Horatio Alger-ish, but this story still made my day. Wired talks about a set of 4 bright Hispanic kids (and two dedicated teachers) from Arizona who formed a robotics club, entered an engineering competition, worked exceedingly hard, and beat MIT & Stanford students in building a robotic sub (One of these kids hadn't even seen the ocean before building a sub!) These kids are, according to the story, from poor backgrounds and not well off; despite that, they beat some of the top engineering groups in the country. But because of a lack of funds and/or not being US citizens, they're stuck in dead-end jobs after high school graduation. The story links to a fund to help these kids go to college. Please do donate. The world needs kids like these, intelligent and who aren't afraid to work hard.

Posted by Ted Stevko at March 29, 2005 04:00 PM | TrackBack