Guest Author: Carmen Cornejo, Arizona SciTech Festival Hispanic Community Liaison
Hispanic Women’s Corporation (HWC), an organization dedicated to the professional development and leadership for women and students will honor, during its annual luncheon, students and mentors with Carl Hayden Falcon Robotics team with the National Youth Leadership STEM Award. This award will recognize members of the team which has garnered national and international attention as role models for young Hispanics in STEM fields.
The Luncheon will be part of the HWC’s annual gathering which draws over 2000 attendees to the Executive, Professional and Youth Leadership Institutes. The entire event will take place Thursday, September 25th and Friday September 26th at the Phoenix Convention Center- South. The luncheon where the Falcon Robotics team will be celebrated will take place Friday at the South Ballroom from11:30 AM to 1:30 PM. Hispanic Women’s Corporation will offer during the two day event diverse activities for participants among them conferences, training, expo and a fashion show. The expo hall is open to the public featuring a health and wellness bus by Walgreens and AARP.
Carl Hayden Robotics Team has been recognized as one of the best students robotics programs in the world, having won the FIRST Chairman’s Award in 2008 in recognition to their work spreading their love for science and technology to many communities. This year is very important for Falcon teachers, mentors, students and alumni as a documentary, “Underwater DREAMs”, premiered earlier this year to great reviews. Watch a trailer of the documentary.
Additionally, a fictional film with their story is being produced and will premiere next year starring George Lopez, Marisa Tomei, Jamie Lee Curtis and Carlos Pena, among others.
Carl Hayden is a High School where the majority of their students come from low income, immigrant homes, yet they defeat the best funded high school and college robotics programs.
Along with teachers,students and former students, mentors Dulce Matuz, Falcon Robotics alumni, Arizona DREAM Act Coalition CEO, Time Magazine 100 Most Influential of the World 2012 and Carmen Cornejo, businesswoman, STEM promoter and fundraiser for the team, will be recognized.