In recent years we have seen a rapid rise in curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular
opportunities for students in the areas of engineering and robotics. Some of the
programs that have taken root at the elementary, middle, and high school levels are
FIRST Robotics League, Vex Robotics, and FIRST Lego Robotics. At the post-secondary
education level, we have observed a myriad of opportunities that build upon these
foundations. Still further, we have witnessed the arrival of the "Maker Movement" to
Fresno. And, most importantly, we are seeing a rapid increase within and outside of our
region in the need for qualified engineers and technologists, the very sort of
professional that these programs seek to inspire.
These programs face a variety of challenges, chief among them are funding, venue, and
equipment. We are aware of and support the initiative of 59DaysOfCode to launch a
regional lab space where students from around the region can pursue these exciting
opportunities, inside of the Bitwise South Stadium technology hub. Such an innovation
space would help divide the cost of space and equipment across multiple schools. This
would open up the vast opportunity of robotics and engineering to a significantly
greater number of students in our region.
Upon the opening of this lab facility we intend to make it available to our students,
engineers, inventors, and entrepreneurs, together with the various programs that have
a need for this sort of facility; the lab will fill a pressing need for space and equipment.
Further, based on its track record of successfully inspiring technological achievement in
the Fresno Region, we
and sustain this lab.
Thank you for your support in this endeavor. We believe that your contribution will have
a dramatic and positive impact on our children and region for generations to come.