Dear Robotics for All Community:
Despite the disasters across the country, including the pandemic, economic recession, and raging fires in our home state of California, at Robotics for All we remain optimistic and full of hope for the future. Lately, we have been working hard on what we do best: tackling the opportunity gap that has been exacerbated by the pandemic.
Next month marks the transition from our summer classes to our school year classes. We are proud of our dozens of volunteers who made our summer classes a success. So many things need to be in place for online classes to happen, including having an effective curriculum, sufficient students and volunteers, and actually teaching in our virtual classrooms. Our volunteers were the first to try out the new curriculum and an entire new format of classes. Needless to say, they exceeded our expectations. An overwhelming majority of parents who took a mid-session survey said that they would enthusiastically recommend our classes to other parents. As with any new curriculum, there is always room for improvement and we are working hard to implement the feedback that we received.
In this upcoming school year, we are excited to not only continue our online classes that will be open to everyone, but also to partner with schools in low-income areas to offer classes exclusively for their students. The schools span the entire country, from the Los Angeles Area all the way to Massachusetts! Our goal with these partnerships is to make sure that we are serving the populations who need our classes the most.
We are also looking forward to implementing two brand new services this year: a free, on-demand tutoring service for K-12 students and a mentorship program for high school students. You can find out more about the tutoring service here on our website: https://www.roboticsforall.net/tutoring.html. Detailed information about our mentorship program on our website will be published at a later date.
I would like to end by borrowing words from Representative John Lewis, a civil rights leader and congressman of over 30 years who passed away last month: “Be hopeful. Be optimistic. Never lose that sense of hope.” In times like these, those words are more important than ever. As we head into the next school year, I remain inspired by our volunteers who work passionately to bring about positive change in the world.
Maximilian Goetz, on behalf of the Robotics for All Board of Directors
Founder and CEO
Vice President and COO