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The Milken Knights are proud to partner with several different organizations to help spread STEM education. Each of these partners has helped our community grow, and given our students the opportunity to help others find their passions.
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a robotics program that encourages young people aged 6-18 to be leaders in the fields of science and technology. In FIRST, students participate in diverse competitions to build robots and work with others. Through these programs for young people, FIRST attempts to teens uncover and cultivate a passion for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). FIRST’s goal is to encourage students to innovate, build life skills, create self-confidence, and form communication and leadership skills. FIRST’s mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.
The MAST program is a great partner with Milken Community Schools and The Milken knights. Milken students participate in many of the MAST STEM programs headed by Director Roger Kassebaum and Dr. Miriam Hartman. The most well known of these programs is Science Research, Bridge Building, and the Conrad Spirit Conrad Spirit of Innovation competition.
Science Research is a 3 year program, offered to students beginning in their sophomore year. Students spend 3 years researching a topic that is important to them in preparation to submit their research to the Intel Science Search at the end of the program. Students get wide recognition and have their research published. Many Milken Knights team members have participated in this program most notably our former Team Captain Milana Botcker Dratver, an Intel Science Search semi-finalist.
Milken students as wells as Robotics team members also participate in bridge building, in which Milken is a perennial powerhouse and has won the competition multiple times. Each year, students have to build one pound popsicle stick bridges that hold over one thousand pounds. We’ve introduced and mentored the bridge building team in CAD, allowing them to do simulations before any construction is done, build their bridges more precisely, and make renders to enhance their verbal presentations. This year, we are helping them innovate in bridge building by teaching them to do force testing and calculations.
MAST students also participate in the Conrad Spirit of Innovation competition. The Conrad competitions has teams come up with different ideas to solve problems in aerospace, health, energy, and cyber-security. The students then take an invention which they have come up with and present their idea and business plan to a panel of judges. Generally MAST has around 8 teams competing each year. MAST teams, consisting of many robotics students and mentors, have made it to the semi-finalist rounds and finalist rounds.
will.i.am launched the i.am.angel foundation in 2009 to transform lives through education, inspiration and opportunity. As a part of his commitment to philanthropy, will.i.am and the i.am.angel foundation administer charitable activities and programs targeted towards providing college scholarships (i.am scholarship), financial literacy and home mortgage assistance (i.am Home) and college preparation and student life (i.am College Track).
Part of this charity is promoting Steam and I.AM FIRST. In 2014 they launched FRC TEAM #4964 at Roosevelt Highschool in Boyle Heights. Now in their second year The L.A. Street bots are challenging themselves to grow and learn new things. They saw our team at the steam carnival demo and this was the start of a wonderful partnership. We have now adopted FRC 4964 as our sister team. Our mentors and students go into their shop and help them learn important engineering skills. Our goal is to help them produce a competitive drivetrain very similar to the one that we have been developing over the past 10 years. These students are eager to learn and look up to our team. We believe strongly in what wil.i.am is doing in this community and pledge to assist him and his students in anyway possible.
More information can be found on http://iamangelfoundation.org/