Six students from the Dr. Kirk Lewis Career and Technical High School robotics program visited the Pasadena Education Foundation’s September meeting to present them with a plaque of appreciation.
With the help of a mini-grant from the education foundation for $5,000, the robotics program at Lewis CTHS was able to purchase engineering kits to provide their students with the tools they need to succeed in robotics.
“Without those funds, we wouldn’t be able to grow the robotics program throughout Pasadena ISD,” David Scarcella, pre-engineering and robotics instructor at Lewis CTHS said. “The money from that grant went toward expanding the vision of engineering and STEM education through robotics from third grade to high school seniors.”
Scarcella’s robotics team, which is now about 80 students strong, competes in state and national competitions building robots. These robots can be as small as 18 inches to 6 feet tall and are made to complete complex tasks like throwing a basketball into a hoop or stacking storage totes.
“Our robotics team has done amazing things that I would never had thought possible,” robotics student Daniel Cabriales said. “It has inspired me to not only bring success to my team and myself, but to encourage success for the future innovators and risk-takers willing to join the robotics team, and slowly but surely, build their dreams into reality.”
David Scarcella, Lewis CTHS Pre-Engineering and Robotics Instructor; robotics students Daniel Cabriales and Raymundo Guajardo; Cindy Parmer, Pasadena ISD Director of Community Relations and Education Foundation; Chris Bezdek, Pasadena Education Foundation Treasurer and robotics students Bryce Uresti, Skylar Williams, Jennifer Garza and Cynthia Galvan.