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SoLA Con - Inaugural STEM Conference

SoLA Robotics proudly presents SoLA CON 2024, an interactive youth and family STEM conference on Saturday, February 17, 2024. SoLA Con aims to showcase and celebrate the achievements of SoLA Robotics students, providing them with a platform to demonstrate their skills and passion for robotics and coding. SoLA CON also seeks to bridge the gap between education and real-world applications, encouraging youth and families to explore S.T.E.M. and engineering fields.


Conference Goals

  • Trailblazers in STEM presentations by Jennifer Lashley (SoLA Robotics), Amen Rahh (Get Knowlej), Simone Giertz (Yetch Store) and Sam Goff (Black N Animated).

  • Interactive Activities: Participants engaged in friendly Robot Trials, showcasing their robotics prowess in a competitive yet collaborative environment.

  • STEM Connections: Demonstrations that link robotics and coding classes to specific STEM and engineering fields foster a deeper understanding of the practical applications of education.

  • Mid-Year Experience: Offering a unique opportunity for schools and students to celebrate achievements, reflect on progress, and prepare for the SoLA Youth Showdown, a robotics competition.

  • Community Engagement: Creating a community atmosphere where family members can actively participate and engage, fostering a supportive network for students.


Agenda -  February 17, 2024

11:00 am        VIP Tour and Lounge

                       Catered by Urban Comfort Foods

12:00 pm        SoLA CON Main Doors Open

                       Badge, Lanyard, Swag Bags provided

                       Lunch is served - Guiliano's Delicatessen

12:30 pm        SoLA CON Showcase/ S.T.E.M. Trailblazers

  • Jennifer Lashley, SoLA Robotics founder

  • Amen Rahh, Get Knowlej and K-12 Crypto

  • Simone Giertz, TED Talks, The Yetch Store

  • Sam Goff, Black N Animated

  • Hosted by Shawntanette Morgan


1:30 pm          Activities Open

  • WAYMO Driverless Car Exhibit

  • Tech Zone - Robotics & More!

  • Maker Space - by The Engineer Factory and Creative Paints by Kai

  • Student Demos - Chat with a Champion!

  • Photo Booth - Prints just for you!

  • Community Resources

    • NSBE USC​

    • Black College Success - LA Promise Fund

    • Sola I Can Foundation

    • STEM Prep Schools


2:00 pm         Conference-Wide Trivia Challenge

2:45 pm         Parent Panel - Learn more about programs

3:30 pm         Closing Remarks

Conference IMPACT

  • Educational Empowerment: Increased exposure to STEM pathways. 

  • Community Engagement - More families of color engaging directly in STEM

  • STEM Awareness and Access - Through interactive experiences and STEM resources

  • Community Collaboration and Networking - Opportunities to meet organizations that help us reach our collective goals 

  • Provided a collaborative space for sponsors, educators, and families to connect

  • Inspiring Future Innovators - Helped students envision themselves as professionals in STEM

SoLA Robotics has become a beacon of change in Los Angeles, addressing the scarcity of high-quality STEM and robotics education. With our dedicated team and community, SoLA Robotics has positively impacted over 8,000 students and educators. Join us in this journey to empower the future leaders of South LA by donating today.

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