San Marino, California, 06/19/20

This summer, San Marino High School’s Titanium Robotics is hosting a five-week-long Virtual Summer Academy on all things robotics! This ranges from programming and mechanical classics to new favorites like computer-aided design, finance, web design, and public relations! These courses are available to all interested students, specifically prospective members for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. Also, there is no required experience to begin with, except for a positive attitude and a solid work ethic. These courses are taught virtually over Google Meet and assignments are given through Google Classroom, making these classes COVID-friendly! As far as the difficulty of putting this all together, Business President Marcus Chua, one of the key administrators of the program, had a few words to say about some of the challenges that he faced when conceptualizing the Academy: “Social distancing measures were definitely an obstacle with regard to the planning and organization of our program, but overall I’m extremely proud of our leadership team, teachers, and mentors for how we were able to work together to help the program run smoothly.”  The goal behind the program is to prepare any new or incoming members with the nuts and bolts of the team, both literally and figuratively. Ideally, students leave at the end of the summer having forged strong relationships with team members, sufficiently knowledgeable to help build a robot for the team during the upcoming year. In discussing the benefits of the program, Marcus noted, “I think our Virtual Summer Academy is a really great way to introduce younger students into STEM before they even join the team. This way, they can enter the team with an array of skills that they can use to be productive and successful.” Whether that contribution is made as a member of the Engineering division of the team or the Business division is entirely up to the student.  Students are allowed to take any variety of classes they’d like from both sides of the team. As one student, Anais Lopez, said “I think It’s cool that they have so many classes and you have the chance to take all of them If you want to, so you get to learn a lot before you get to high school.” Tuesday’s courses are Computer-Aided Design (or CAD) and Mechanical, Wednesday consists of Programming and Business, and Thursday is both Graphic Design and Electrical. Of course, none of these courses are at the same time to allow students to take them all. The Summer Academy has also been proven to be appealing to veteran members as well, with Marcus noting that “Even for experienced members, our Academy has proven to be a great way for them to pick up new skills from various divisions of the team that they may not have had the opportunity to learn about beforehand.” The summer program started on June ninth and will come to an end on July ninth. When asked about the main goal of the summer program, Marcus answered, “I truly do think that our summer Academy will help our students find a passion for Robotics, and I look forward to seeing many of our students on the team next year!” Suffice to say, for the average San Marino student with an interest in this sort of material, there’s an easy opportunity into the robotics program open this summer for any and all like-minded students, Don’t Miss Out!

About Titanium Robotics

Titanium Robotics is a team consisting of over 100 students, mainly from San Marino High School, who come together with a common interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Students learn from professional engineers and mentors to build and compete in the annual FIRST Robotics Challenge with a robot of their own design. Programming, electrical work, computer-aided design, and business management are all run by student representatives, making the entire organization student-led from start to finish.

About FIRST®                                                                                                                       

Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST ® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from three out of every five Fortune 500 companies and more than $14 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST ® Robotics Competition (FRC®) and FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®) for high-school students, FIRST®LEGO® League (FLL®) for 9 to 14-year olds, (9 to 16-year-olds outside the U.S., Canada, and Mexico) and Junior FIRST®LEGO® League (Jr.FLL®) for 6 to 9-year-olds. Gracious Professionalism is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.usfirst.org

Gavin O’Malley

Publicity Officer

Titanium Robotics

San Marino High School

titaniumrobotics@gmail.com