Carl Hayden Robotics Team Alumna Diana Lee Guzman was honored November 4 at the Inaugural FIRST Inspire Celebration in New York City

Posted by Community Relations on 11/12/2015

Carl Hayden Robotics team alumna Diana Lee Guzman was honored November 4 at the inaugural FIRST Inspire Celebration in New York City for her efforts to advance STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education in underserved communities.  FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an international K-12 not-for-profit founded by inventor Dean Kamen to rally support for STEM education, particularly through its FIRST Robotics competitions.  Guzman, now an engineering student at New York University, earned the Evelyn Kamen Rising Star Award, named after Kamen’s grandmother, who was a teacher in the New York state school system.  She was joined by awardees Michael Bloomberg, former Mayor of New York City and will.i.am, music artist, for inspiring students to pursue STEM and help build stronger communities. 

Guzman graduated from Carl Hayden in 2014 and is currently a sophomore at New York University's School of Engineering where she is studying Computer Science.   She works at NYU's Center for K-12 STEM Education where she mentors FIRST Tech Challenge teams around the New York City area and is an active e-board member of NYU's Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.

The event raised $1.7 million to further expand diversity efforts and student access to STEM opportunities, and an online auction continues through November 19. 

“Engineers coming out of communities like mine (Boyle Heights, CA) that’s the America we need,” said will.i.am.  “We need to help make FIRST mandatory in every school.”