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Area science firm makes a donation to academy robotics team

ENCINITAS — Science Applications International Corporation, of La Jolla, has given the San Dieguito Academy Robotics team a multiyear gift that will serve as a cornerstone in the team’s fundraising efforts through 2012.
The San Dieguito Robotics team, as a participant in First Robotics, encourages and supports students in their development of mathematics and science skills. SAIC, a Fortune 500 scientific, engineering, and technology applications company, learned of the team’s funding needs from an employee who is involved with the team as a professional mentor. The donation demonstrates SAIC’s commitment to helping inspire, engage and educate students in K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. The contribution will also allow the team to create a scholarship fund.
The donation concluded the team’s fundraising efforts for the current season. Beginning in January, the team will begin an intensive six-week build season during which the students will design, construct and program a robot that will compete in two regional tournaments.
“When notified of the donation, the team’s coaches wanted to make the announcement to the team as a whole after school,” said San Dieguito Academy Foundation board member Georgina Miller. “It’s hard to keep good news quiet on a high school campus; there were rumors and buzz all day long. The students could hardly believe their good fortune when the official announcement was made, and the cheers could be heard across the entire campus.”
The San Dieguito Robotics team is part of FIRST, or For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, robotics, an organization created to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. It’s as close to “real-world engineering” as a student can get. The public is invited to come watch the team compete at the San Diego Regional competition from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 6 at the San Diego Sports Arena.
To learn more about San Dieguito Academy’s robotics team, visit www.sdarobotics.org or contact team parent at karensaake@sdarobotics.org or (760) 815-4912.

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