RoboRecovery catalyzes pathways into STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) for underserved students in New Orleans by starting free after-school robotics programs.Updates from RoboRecovery
What’s good everyone. My name is William Bai, a 2022 Call for Kindness fellow. I am currently based in New Orleans, LA, but am originally from San Jose, CA. I am a junior at Tulane University studying cell and molecular biology with minors in philosophy and business.
My project is called RoboRecovery. RoboRecovery works to dismantle socioeconomic barriers to STEM enrichment for K-12 students in the Greater New Orleans area, specifically in robotics. We start after-school robotics clubs in local schools and afterschool organizations, and we are currently piloting a new program called INTRO (In-School Need to Try Robotics Out) to reach a broader audience of students. Our pilot data has been promising; the majority of our students we’ve worked with come from groups historically underrepresented in STEM fields, and our students have demonstrated marked improvement in core competencies after our programming.
Outside of my project, I am working in a research lab at the Tulane University School of Medicine, researching biomarkers for a vaccine adjuvant. I also play on Tulane’s chess team, have been improving my tennis game, powerlift, read non-fiction, and follow the English Premier League. A fun fact about me: Over the past year I have developed an obsession for country music.
I look forward to connecting with other Call for Kindness fellows and am excited about the workshops lined up throughout this year. Thank you to the Riley’s Way foundation for making these excellent opportunities possible, and I hope to meet some of y’all soon!