Philadelphia, PA – [October 5, 2023] – The Philadelphia Robotics Coalition, a leading non-profit organization dedicated to advancing robotics education and STEM opportunities for Philadelphia public school students, is delighted to announce the appointment of new members to its esteemed Board of Directors. These appointments mark a significant step forward in the organization’s mission to build an ecosystem that supports the next generation of STEM and community leaders through skills development, collaboration, and mentorship.

Joining the Philadelphia Robotics Coalition Board of Directors are:

  1. Krystle Birdsall Owner, Challenge Island – Camden County NW
  1. Paula Don Consultant, ISTE & Lego Education Trainer
  1. Dr. Youngmoo Kim Vice Provost for University & Community Partnerships, Drexel University
  1. Aaron Silvers Lead HR Specialist, U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
  1. Neferteri Strickland Military Officer and Technologist

These individuals bring a wealth of experience, expertise, and passion for the mission of the Philadelphia Robotics Coalition. Their diverse backgrounds and commitment to fostering equitable educational opportunities for Philadelphia students will propel the organization’s initiatives and reach to new heights.

“We are thrilled to welcome our new board members to the Philadelphia Robotics Coalition,” said Dr. Dia L. Jones, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Robotics Coalition. “Their dedication and expertise within the Philadelphia STEM ecosystem and community at large will play a vital role in steering our organization towards continued growth, innovation, and equity in the field of robotics and STEM education throughout our city.”

The Philadelphia Robotics Coalition is committed to providing educational resources, mentorship programs, and robotics competitions to students, educators, and enthusiasts throughout the Philadelphia area. The addition of these new board members will further enable the organization to expand its impact and fulfill its mission of inspiring young minds to explore the exciting world of robotics and STEM.

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Dia L. Jones, Ed.D.

Executive Director

About Philadelphia Robotics Coalition:

The Philadelphia Robotics Coalition is a non-profit organization committed to promoting robotics education and fostering STEM opportunities in the Philadelphia community. Through various initiatives and programs, the organization aims to inspire and empower the next generation of innovators, engineers, and technology leaders.