Inclusive Education Inspires Good Student Citizenship

March 2, 2017 via The Journal

“Research has shown that exposure to those with backgrounds different from our own makes us more creative and hard working, and it actually makes us smarter. Having an understanding that others will have opposing or varying points of view changes how we approach problems, voice concerns and propose suggestions. By instilling these values in our students and offering opportunities…”

Student-Created Robotics Program Brings STEM to All Learners

February 27, 2017 via ISTE

“Delaney Foster grew up seeing how important inclusion can be for those with intellectual disabilities. Her sister, Kendall, was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, and Foster attended an inclusive school in PK and kindergarten. The opportunity to share the life-changing lessons…”

COMPUTER SCIENCE AND SPECIAL EDUCATION

February 17, 2017 via Washington STEM

“When a person talks about equity, they usually talk about race, gender, and socio-economic backgrounds, which are major issues, but when we talk about equity we need to make sure to include students with disabilities. According to the National Center of Education Statistics, 12 percent of our state’s students have a cognitive disability of some kind…”

Seattle makes history with first Special Olympics robotics championship

December 7, 2016 via Geek Wire

“Seattle’s Pacific Science Center is busy on your average weekend, but this past Saturday it was bursting. Between the life-sized bug exhibit and the dome of the Boeing IMAX theater, a unique competition was taking place…”

Teen with autism inspires a movement: robotics teams for everyone

December 3, 2016 via The Seattle Times

“Kendall Foster was the King’s High School robotics teams’ biggest fan. She loved coming to practices to see her sister, Delaney, when Delaney was a student at the private Shoreline school…”

Robots take over the Pacific Science Center in first ever Special Olympics competition

December 3, 2016 via Q13 Fox

“It was the battle of the bots Saturday morning at the Pacific Science Center. Over 32 high school teams squared-off in the first ever Special Olympics Washington Unified Robotics Championship…”

First Special Olympics Robotics Championship takes place in Seattle

December 21, 2016 via Digital Trends

“Earlier this month, the first Unified Robotics Championship took place in Seattle, Washington. In the competition, students pit plastic against plastic in a sumo-style robot battle to push the competitor out of the ring…”

This Young Woman Found A Way For Her Big Sister To Enjoy Robotics

December 23, 2015 via KUOW NPR

“The commons at Roosevelt High School had been transformed into a battle ground. Robots built by students in the special education program at…”

Taking Inclusion to the Next Level

Spring 2016 via SWE Magazine

“Excitement is building in the weeks ahead of the 2016 FIRST Championship, scheduled for late April in St. Louis. Anticipation is palpable, not just for the…”

Changing the Face of Robotics

December 2016 via First Inspires

“The brainchild of the team’s CEO, senior Delaney Foster, the initiative, called Unified Robotics, brings students from King’s High School to Roosevelt High School, one of the largest schools in Seattle and home of the first successful program in Seattle oriented around students with Asperger’s syndrome, a form of high functioning autism…”

Seattle teen creates robotics program for kids with special needs

December 15, 2015 via KING5

“SEATTLE – Robotics teams are popular in high schools and some inspiring students are bringing that excitement to kids who might otherwise not…”

First Special Olympics Robotics Championship takes place in Seattle

December 21, 2016 via Yahoo Tech

“Earlier this month, the first Unified Robotics Championship took place in Seattle, Washington. In the competition, students pit plastic against plastic in a sumo-style robot battle to push the competitor out of the ring…”

First Special Olympics Robotics Championship takes place in Seattle

December 21, 2016 via World News

“Earlier this month, the first Unified Robotics Championship took place in Seattle, Washington. In the competition, students pit plastic against plastic in a sumo-style robot battle to push the competitor out of the ring…”

Meet Milo: The Robot Who Helps Kids Learn

October 2016 via ParentMap Magazine

“Rather than using robots for treatment, some kids with special needs take robotics one step further. They build them. In 2015, Seattle teen Delaney Foster was…”

Benefits of Inclusion for Typically Developing Children

November 2016 via Haring Center

“Former EEU student Delaney Foster is a recent graduate of King’s High School, a private school in Shoreline, and was a leading member of the school’s robotics team. Delaney’s sister, Kendall Foster, was diagnosed with autism in early childhood and now attends Roosevelt High School in north Seattle…”

New Special Olympics Sport: Robotics!

2017 via UW Readilab

“It was an exciting weekend at the Pacific Science Center, with the first ever Special Olympics Unified Robotics Championship! Unified Robotics is a program in which local Seattle students with and without intellectual disabilities work together to design robots…”

Big sister starts a movement: robotics teams that include the disabled

December 3, 2016 via AUVSI Advocacy

“Kendall Foster was the King’s High School robotics teams’ biggest fan. She loved coming to practices to see her sister, Delaney, when Delaney was a student at the private Shoreline school. Kendall’s friends were…”

Seattle Debuts Special Olympics Robots

December 9, 2016 via Los Angeles High Tech News

“Organizers hope it can become part of the Special Olympics USA Games in 2018, which will be here in Seattle. This is the first time a robotics competition has been a part of any Special Olympics competition. Over 32 high school teams squared-off in the first ever Special Olympics Washington Unified Robotics Championship…”

Seattle robotics club wants to be a national model for making STEM accessible to all students

December 24, 2015 via GeekWire

“The push for STEM education is evident in schools, clubs and community centers just about everywhere. But Delaney Foster saw that there was…”

Unified Robotics Kick-off

October 13, 2016 via King’s Schools

“Special Olympics Unified Robotics, founded last year by King’s 2016 graduate Delaney Foster, held their 2016-17 kick-off event on Monday, October 10th. The event featured…”

King’s High School Robotics qualify for 2017 STEM Equity Community Innovation grant

March 13, 2017 via Shoreline Area News

“FRC Team 4911 CyberKnights, a robotics team from King’s High School, is proud to announce they have qualified for the 2017 STEM Equity Community Innovation Grant awarded by FIRST Robotics (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)…”

Robotics Club for Students with and without Disabilities

October 13, 2016 via Shoreline Area News

“Last year students from King’s High School in Shoreline created a new program called Unified Robotics™. Unified Robotics is a robotics club designed to make hands on STEM learning available to high school students of all abilities…”

Hand in Hand: Bridging Opportunity and Achievement Gaps and Connecting Students through Robotics

November 1, 2016 via Shoreline Area News

“On October 10th, thirteen high schools, plus three middle schools, gathered together with the purpose of extending competitive robotics teams to students with disabilities. All together, 175 people attended…”

Unified Robotics Championship at Pacific Science Center in program developed by King’s High student

November 27, 2016 via Shoreline Area News

“Collaborate. Build. Compete. Students with special needs have the opportunity of a lifetime with Special Olympics Unified Robotics. This ‘sport for the mind’ is spreading like wildfire across Washington state and beyond; fifteen high schools competing in its inaugural season…”

Seattle Makes History with First Special Olympics Robotics Championship

December 8, 2016 via Fab Lab Connect

“Seattle’s Pacific Science Center is busy on your average weekend, but this past Saturday it was bursting. Between the life-sized bug exhibit and the dome of the Boeing IMAX theater, a unique competition was taking place…”

Teen with autism inspires a movement: robotics teams for everyone

December 8, 2016 via Create And Be Well

“This is an inspiring story from Seattle of what can be done when you move outside the boxes we construct for children in our society. Combine the Seattle story with the growing number of opportunities for young people with autism in the high tech sector and we can only hope this is a strong movement in the making…”

Student-Designed Robotics Program

January 19, 2017 via Big Deal Book

“Special Olympics Unified Robotics is a student-designed and student-implemented robotics program that originated in Washington state. The program brings the world of STEM and the sport of robotics to high school students interested in STEM…”

Top 15 Olympics Blogs And Websites on the Web

February 11, 2017 via FeedSpot

“Special Olympics is founded of the belief that people with intellectual disabilities can with proper instruction and encouragement, learn, enjoy, and benefit from participation in individual and team sports…”

King’s High School Robotics team launches program for special needs students

December 1, 2015 via Shoreline Area News

“The CyberKnights, King’s High School’s robotics team, is proud to announce the launch of their new program, Unified Robotics. The student-designed…”

Unified Robotics finale Dec 16 includes students with special needs

December 10, 2015 via Shoreline Area News

“The CyberKnights, a Washington FIRST® robotics team from Kings Highschool in Shoreline, is proud to announce the final event for their new…”

Positive disruption: Puget Sound’s best civic tech projects of 2015

December 25, 2015 via Crosscut

“Earlier this year, Kings High School student Delaney Foster started a club to connect special education students in Seattle and their peers through learning technology. Piloted with Roosevelt High School, the program helps students of all abilities accelerate their STEM learning while also erasing divisions between students considered “normal” and those with special needs…”

FEATURED STORIES

December 21, 2016 via Notey

“Earlier this month, the first Unified Robotics Championship took place in Seattle, Washington. In the competition, students pit plastic against plastic in a sumo-style robot battle to push the competitor out of the ring…”

Big sister starts a movement: robotics teams that include the disabled

December 11, 2016 via The Times Times

“Teams from several Seattle-area schools will compete in a tournament that marks the end of the first season of Special Olympics Unified Robotics, which allows students with special needs to work alongside typically developing classmates as they build robots…”

Seattle makes history with first Special Olympics robotics championship

December 8, 2016 via Suzguru

“Seattle’s Pacific Science Center is busy on your average weekend, but this past Saturday it was bursting. Between the life-sized bug exhibit and the dome of the Boeing IMAX theater, a unique competition was taking place…”

Sisters Launch Unified Robotics Programs

December 5, 2016 via Smart Brief

“Thirteen Seattle-area schools are competing in the first Special Olympics Unified Robotics tournament, where students work with peer helpers to design and build robots. The program, which is being studied by Special Olympics officials in other states, started after a student partnered her…”

Big sister starts a movement: robotics teams that include the disabled

December 3, 2016 via One News Page

“Teams from several Seattle-area schools will compete in a tournament that marks the end of the first season of Special Olympics Unified Robotics, which allows students with special needs to work alongside typically developing classmates as they build robots…”

Robots take over the Pacific Science Center in first ever Special Olympics competition

December 3, 2016 via Ripple News

“It was the battle of the bots Saturday morning at the Pacific Science Center.
Over 32 high school teams squared-off in the first ever Special Olympics Washington Unified Robotics Championship…”

Teen with autism inspires a movement: robotics teams for everyone

December 3, 2016 via SBCTC

“Kendall Foster was the King’s High School robotics teams’ biggest fan. She loved coming to practices to see her sister, Delaney, when Delaney was a student at the private Shoreline school…”

Big Sister Starts A Movement: Robotics Teams That Include The Disabled

December 2016 via Squibs

“Teams from several Seattle-area schools will compete in a tournament that marks the end of the first season of Special Olympics Unified Robotics, which allows students with special needs to work alongside typically developing classmates as they build robots…”

Seattle robotics club wants to be a national model for making STEM accessible … – GeekWire

December 25, 2015 via Spunkl

“Delaney Foster, far right, a student at Kings High School in Shoreline, founded the Unified Robotics Club to give students of all abilities the chance to build robots. Photo: Lisa Stiffler. The push for STEM education is evident in schools, clubs and…”

Changing the Face of Robotics: Team 4911 Makes FIRST Robotics Accessible to the Special Needs Community

February 11, 2015 via FIRST® Newsletter

“‘Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody.’ These profound words, courtesy of Kid President, aptly describe a new initiative…”