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Central Valley Robotics Fund

About Central Valley Robotics

Central Valley Robotics is committed to providing students the opportunity to be inspired and engaged in science and technology across the San Joaquin Valley. This non-proft organization was founded by Dr. Devin Blizzard in 2002. Blizzard has been a mentor, coach, and volunteer at For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), which seeks to help students, ages 6-18, to pursue and develop a passion for math, science,technology, and engineering. These organizations work together for the purpose of offering Valley students the opportunity to experience real-world science and technology programs. Central Valley Robotics encourages all ages to be involved in the sciences and emphasizes the need for robotics to be a part of the Central Valley.

Students from the FIRST LEGO League displaying their LEGO
in a local competition.

The Mission of Central Valley Robotics

The mission of Central Valley Robotics is to ensure each person experiences "The Sport of the Mind,"  by offering FIRST programs to local students by taking part in activities that involve problem solving, math and science concepts, critical thinking, and team work.

FIRST Programs

  • Junior FIRST LEGO Programs
  • Kindergarten-3rd grade
  • Students design a LEGO model using teamwork and imagination to illustrate their experiences
  • FIRST LEGO League
  • Grades 4th-8th
  • The Children build LEGO robots that preform tasks based on a scientific question
  • This program allows students to gain many life skills while contributing to society
  • FIRST Tech Challenge
  • Grades 9-12
  • Students work together to build, design, and program robots by incorporating real world math and science concepts
  • FIRST Robotics Competition
  • Grades 9-12
  • Teams of 25 students work together to build robots that they designed

  • Funding

    Thus far, the CART Foundation has been the primary donor to the Central Valley Robotics Fund. Cart is an organization which allows junior and senior high school students from Fresno and Clovis Unified School Districts to attend half-day classes in one of the sixteen laboratories. The labs combine rigorous academics with technical, design, process, entrepreneurial, and critical thinking skills. Students will complete classes for their specific classes, and receive credit for English, science, math, and technology.

    To donate to Central Valley Robotics Fund

    Mail donations to Fresno Regional Foundation
    5250 N. Palm Ave., Suite 424
    Fresno, CA 93704
    Please make all checks payable to Fresno Regional Foundation
    Memo: Central Vally Robotics Fund

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