i.am STEAM
i.am FIRST

i.am FIRST is our initiative to bring FIRST Robotics programs to the youth of Boyle Heights. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a world-class robotics competition combining the excitement of sports with the rigors of engineering.

We are proud to partner with inventor and FIRST Robotics founder Dean Kamen to encourage and celebrate the engineering prowess of kids everywhere. “I’m proud to help FIRST inspire young people to pursue science and technology careers… The experience that students gain and the values they learn in FIRST programs are crucial to creating the innovative problem solvers of tomorrow.” — will.i.am

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Volunteer With Our Students!

The i.am Angel Foundation is always seeking volunteers to support the underserved students who we serve. Our highest volunteer need is coaches and mentors for our FIRST robotics teams in Boyle Heights and South Los Angeles.  Students on FIRST robotics…

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FIRST Robotics Team Launched in Watts

This year, a high school in Watts, CA got its first-ever student robotics team.  Led by a dedicated chemistry teacher, the FIRST Robotics Competition team at Animo Watts College Preparatory Academy- aptly named “The TeraWatts”- experienced its first competition in…

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will.i.am Funds FIRST Robotics Teams for Ferguson Students

From the St. Louis American, originally published on April 29, 2015 by Mariah Stewart: Grammy award-winning artist Will.i.am recently announced he will help fund a science, technology, engineering, and technology (STEM) program for high school students in Ferguson. Last week,…

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i.am FIRST Team Wins Motivate Award at FTC Competition

The Robotics Riders, our FTC (FIRST Tech Challenge) team from Hollenbeck Middle School finished their rookie season with a fantastic achievement -- winning the Motivate Award at the Palmdale Los Angeles Competition! The Motivate Award honors teams that best exemplify…

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i.am FIRST Robotics Program Launched in Boyle Heights

The i.am.angel Foundation is proud to launch the first-ever competitive robotics team in Boyle Heights at Roosevelt High School. Robotics is one of the best embodiments of STEAM. It's about hands-on, project-based learning, and it combines engineering with coding and…

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