Imperial Beach, CA – On July 20, 2016, South Bay Union School District staff and VIP guests
will attend the 2016 District Kick-off Event. The Event will begin with refreshments at 7:15 AM and the program will start at 8:00 AM at Mendoza School (2050 Coronado Avenue in San Diego).
The celebratory gathering of District employees will include a motivational keynote address by Fredi Lajvardi, a social justice advocate and award winning science teacher from Carl Hayden Community High School in Phoenix, Arizona.
Lajvardi drew national attention in 2004, when he entered his diverse high school team in a university level national underwater robotics competition, where they not only proved their skills and ability to compete at that level, but they placed first, defeating leading universities, including MIT. First covered by Wired magazine, their inspiring story drew attention from local and national media outlets and led to the acclaimed documentary, Underwater Dreams. In March 2015, the film was selected by President Obama to screen at the White House in honor of National Robotics Week and the launch of the “Let Everyone Dream” Coalition, a national initiative introducing new multi-sector partnerships in support of STEM education for underserved students. Their story was also adapted into the major motion picture, Spare Parts, starring George Lopez as Lajvardi.
Superintendent Katie McNamara is excited about the event, “We anticipate an energizing and
inspirational morning as our team prepares for another great school year. We are pleased to welcome Fredi Lajvardi, and his remarkable story, to South Bay. We thank Mission Federal Credit Union for their sponsorship of this event and for the opportunity to come together as a community.”