Cabrillo High School’s Reach to the Stars afterschool program – which brings Ivy League grads and industry leaders in science, technology, literature and the arts to students – recently hosted a presentation by the director of the nonprofit Discovery Lab Global. The organization recruits high school and college students globally offering them opportunities to work on biomedical, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and space science projects through the use of 3D virtual reality.
“It is amazing what student innovators are working on through 3D virtual reality,” said Cabrillo teacher Ethel Laczko, who facilitates the afterschool program.
Providing the presentation was DLG Director Rob Williams, a retired Air Force officer who ran a multi-million-dollar Air Force strategic workforce development program for 10 years as its founding director before retiring to start up DLG. He is a former engineering professor in brain signal processing, a Defense Advance Research Projects Agency program manager in advanced drone technologies, and an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineer of the Year Award recipient.
Williams described projects that have the potential to support start-up concepts to assist the elderly and Alzheimer patients, as well as global science, technology, math and engineering (STEM) outreach, including a "Mission to Mars" virtual reality project conducted by students in Peru. Go to discoverylabglobal.com for more information.
Cabrillo’s Reach to the Stars program started in 2012 and encourages students to attend some of the nation’s top colleges and universities. Other program activities include workshops on leadership, college entrance exams and interviews.