Volunteering is an important part of my life. My family has been dedicated to promoting education and we have been volunteering over the last seven years with First LEGO League (FLL) Robotics, an organization that mentors young people in science and technology.
FLL’s mission is to introduce younger students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based roots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. Past Challenges have been based on topics such as nanotechnology, climate, quality of life for people with disabilities, and transportation. Through the project, students discover exciting career possibilities in these areas and learn to make positive contributions to society.
This year, my oldest daughter is the lead coach for a student team at an East Palo Alto school. I help her coach the team twice a week. Working with a school in East Palo Alto is an eye-opening experience. The students have the same enthusiasm to learn as my kids, but many of them don’t have the same access to technology. Most don’t have computers at home. The technology that we take for granted is not a part of their lives outside of the classroom. Participating in an FLL program helps the students learn about STEM subjects through fun and hands-on activities.
I have volunteered at the school in East Palo Alto for the past four years. It’s amazing to see the impact of the FLL robotics program. The students learn about STEM subjects, leadership, presentation skills, and gain confidence. I’ve also helped introduce the robotics activities as part of the Girl Scout of North California program. Seeing the difference that we can make as volunteers, I feel even more passionate about the mission to introduce young minds to science and technology. Please contact me if you’re interested in learning more about FLL or bringing STEM to your community.