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Robotics and Technology. Because our current third-graders will be entering the workforce around the year 2028, it's critical they be prepared for a world where math and science knowledge is not optional, and a workplace where technology is the driving force, specifically the areas of robotics and artificial intelligence. 

It's about to get serious in the world of Engineering and Artificial Intelligence for our 2028 WorkforceStudies consistently show that robotics is the ideal organizer to reinforce fundamental mathematics and scientific process.  Yet engineering is an educational area currently underfunded by government. The Foundation is seeking one-time and multi-year sustainable funding to endow the future and shape our students’ futures.


PSUSD has conceived a three-tiered sequence with the goal of familiarizing all students with everything from the basics of computer science and computer coding to sophisticated robotics, engineering, and artificial intelligence.

First, at the elementary level, focus is on STEAM – science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics – with schools outfitted with innovative and kid-appealing “makerspaces.”  These are hands-on workshop spaces stocked with readily available tools and physical materials that encourage exploration and “DIY”-style problem-solving and creativity.

At the middle-school level, LEGO “Mindstorm” units – kits that provide materials, methodologies, and evaluation tools around Design, Engineering, Computer Science, and Coding – will kick of PSUSD’s middle-school Robotics and Coding Project during 4th and 5th-period elective clubs.  Seventh, eighth, and ninth-graders will be introduced to the topics inside these fun, activity-based clubs, and will be encouraged to enter the growing number of robotics-themed local, regional, and national competitions. 

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Finally, at the high school level, interested students will be able to transition into a CTE (Career & Technical Education) Career Pathway around Engineering and Computer Science -- leading to a future and employment in the field of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence. So, for high school, investors would be funding tools as LEGO “NXT” teaching kits (kits offer teachers inexpensive tools to teach embedded systems, advanced programming, programming languages, and engineering competencies, using such things as compass sensors, accelerometers, tilt and gyro sensors, color sensors, and robotic cameras) and Project Lead the Way, a national model for transformational learning experiences around creative, critical thinking in computer science.

The ultimate “payoff” for our donors and investors: a truly technologically prepared next generation.

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