February 2021 Blog Post


1/29: Meeting with WA Legislator

The WA STEM Advocacy group contacted dozens of legislators across our state to schedule a meeting to discuss FIRST funding. On January 29th, we lobbied for FIRST funding and shared our FIRST experiences to the Legislative Assistant of WA Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig. Since they are located in Spokane, they were not heavily exposed to FIRST. After we introduced the program, showed our robot, and explained a match to show the collaboration and teamwork within alliances, the legislative assistant was willing to bring this up with Senator Billig to see how best to provide more funding for teams through Senate Bill 5092 Section 522 and a building in Kent. He was extremely friendly, seemed impressed by our work, asked a lot of questions, and even asked how he could help our mission.We have several more meetings scheduled in the coming months.



1/28: Connecting with Professionals: Laura LeBlanc - Science & Education

On January 28th, we interviewed Laura LeBlanc, an Upper School Science Faculty member at The Bush School where she teaches Chemistry, Environmental Science, and Regional Geology of the PNW. Prior to teaching at Bush, she taught science at Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences (SAAS). Laura talked about her research when pursuing graduate studies in Glaciology, and what made her so interested in those topics. She talked about how her curiosity as a child evolved to her becoming a teacher in STEM, and the importance of teaching STEM to children. Furthermore, she mentioned her experiences as a woman in STEM, and at the end, what made her love teaching so much. Laura’s presentation emphasized the importance of STEM in early education and how teaching others about STEM is something that she loves.



1/17: Washington State STEM Advocacy - Lobby Day Training

WA STEM Advocacy is a sub-organization within Everstem Education established by FIRST FTC Team 18225 High Definition to advocate for awareness and increased funding towards FIRST robotics programs and STEM extracurricular activities.

This Training Day is the first major event held by our group to teach 50 WA students how the WA government works, what STEM advocacy is, and how to do it. We specifically introduced the students to Senate Bill 5092 Section 522 for FIRST funding, why it matters, and how we can support it. After the training, students will get the opportunity to lobby and share their experiences with legislators to support the bill.

The Student Association Association for STEM Advocacy (SASA) provided segments on STEM Advocacy 101 and How to Have Effective Meetings [with legislators].




1/8: Connecting with Professionals: Anne Kao - Artificial Intelligence & Robotics

On January 8th, we interviewed Anne Kao, an Executive Consultant at the Collinear Group. She was a Senior Technical Fellow in Boeing where she worked for 30 years. Ms. Kao discussed Artificial Intelligence, examples that we have seen in real life, and how it became what it is today. In the second half of her presentation she talked about how artificial intelligence can be used in robotics, including which parts people should pay attention to. Many people found this talk extremely educational and gave them a good footing on what artificial intelligence really is.


January 2021 Blog Post


12/19: Leveraging 1/10th Scale Designs for Connected/Automated Vehicles

On Sunday, December 19th, we interviewed Osama Osman, an Assistant Professor of Intelligent Transportation Systems and Data Analytics in the Department of Civil and Chemical Engineering (CCE) and the Mobility Thrust Lead in the Center for Urban Informatics and Progress at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC). Professor Osman spoke about a community of autonomous systems enthusiasts, professors, and researchers, etc, called F1TENTH. He mentioned it’s missions, such as Build, Learn, Race, and Research. He showed a robot that he and his students made for this mission, surrounding the goal of getting hands-on experience with building autonomous robots. With great enthusiasm, Professor Osman introduced an opportunity for students to learn about autonomous vehicles and the ability to get hands-on experience, surely inspiring and educating the STEM community that was able to attend this talk.


December 2021 Blog Post


2021 Everstem FIRST Rookie FLL and FTC Grant

To support students going into STEM, we are providing a total of $1000 in grants together with FIRST FTC18225 for rookie FLL and FTC teams to go towards paying their registration fees. Each Rookie team receives $200 grants. Congrats to these teams! If your time has won a grant, be on the lookout for an email from Everstem for more information.

The winners are: FTC 18282 Wires2Spark, FTC 19669 Systematic Chaos, FTC 19708 The Emerald Bots, FLL 54281 Cyberwolve, FLL 54325 Turbocharger


11/2: Business and Marketing Class SWOT Analysis

On November 2nd, students in Tesla STEM High School’s Business and Marketing class presented a SWOT analysis of Everstem Education to our organization’s leadership.


We will be taking their recommendations of branching out to in-person education (especially since it’s safer now) and different forms of advertisement.

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11/4-5 Business/Startup Consulting

On November 4th-5th, students in Tesla STEM High School’s Engineering 3 class presented a Market Research analysis of Everstem Education to our organization’s leadership. They performed a competitive analysis that compared us to existing organizations and created a chart that helped visualize it. Some things that differentiated us from others was: our status as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, being a student-run organization, having a small student to teacher ratio, and conducting interactive lessons/activities.

Based on their research, they recommended branching out to more schools and making our name more well known. We will be taking this into consideration for our future workshops as we continue to plan more events.

11/6 2 PM - Connecting with Professionals: Yinhai Wang

On November 4th, we interviewed Yinhai Wang, a transportation engineering professor at the University of Washington who founded the STAR Lab and serves as the director for Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium.

Professor Wang discussed AI applications in transportation engineering and how that is used to solve modern problems today. He discussed the aspects of pedestrian safety and impacts of AI applications. He introduced one of the new sensors from STAR Lab that they created, called the Mobile Unit for Sensing Traffic (MUST) sensor, which aimed to create safer and smarter roads. In his presentation, Professor Wang was able to capture advanced ideas and aspects of transportation that inspired watchers and listeners, an important mindset to have for future people in STEM.


11/21: Connecting with Professionals: Shaw Li

On November 21st, we interviewed Xiaopeng (Shaw) Li, an associate professor at the University of Florida who is currently the Susan A. Bracken (first holder) Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and is the director of a USDOT National University Transportation Center, National Institute for Congestion Reduction.

Professor Li discussed Connected Automated Vehicles and their positive impacts on transportation, such as safety and being eco-friendly. He introduced many projects that he has worked on, one of them being a test of connected vehicles sensors inspired by how animals communicate with color. The unique and innovative ideas Professor Li has brought to light have definitely influenced our audience greatly, opening their eyes to the more creative parts of STEM and engineering.


November 2021 Blog Post


Hi everyone! This is Everstem Education's first monthly blog post. Every month, we'll share some highlights from the previous month, starting from this past October.

10/5 - Microsoft Outreach

On October 5th, we introduced Everstem and our mission to 70+ Microsoft employees in the Microsoft DevRel GX All-Hands event. We shared our programs, as well as ways they could help students. We concluded the event by giving everyone an opportunity to volunteer for half an hour by doing activities such as sharing their story in STEM (which you can read below!).

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All-Hands story from Arthur Yasinski (General Manager, Microsoft Corporation):

I grew up in a hamlet (which is smaller than a village) in northern Alberta in Canada.  My nearest neighbors were on an adjacent farm 1/2 mile away, and we only had one TV channel.  The primary industries in my area were farming, oil and gas, and forestry. Technology wasn't very prevalent in my daily life, but my favorite subject in school was math. While I thoroughly enjoyed living on a farm, I knew that I wanted to go to post-secondary education, and early on, my dream was to be a lawyer.

That changed during a school trip. I was also part of our school's band program, and while I was in high school, we did a weekend exchange program with another band in a city that was 10 hours away. I ended up sleeping on a sofa bed at the exchange family and noticed that they had a TRS-80 color computer. As intrigued as I was with the device, I didn't want to touch it, so I took advantage of the manuals sitting on the coffee table and spent my evenings (when I was supposed to be sleeping) reading and learning about the computer. I also learned about BASIC.

When I got home to the farm, I convinced my family to help me save for my very own computer.  After many chores and months of saving, I had enough to buy a TRS-80 Model III for myself.  Each night I would finish my farm work and then my homework and race to the computer to immerse myself in all its wonderment. This was new for me and for everyone around me. It was addicting and gratifying at the same time. Shortly after getting the computer, I realized I was spending upwards of 30 hours on it. I thought to myself, "if I only did another 10 hours per week, this could be my career."

Which is what I ultimately ended up doing. I attended university and obtained my Bachelor of Science in Computing Science. From there, I got a job as a computer-based bookkeeper for a local ice supply company and then as a computer programmer for a scientific research lab, all the while experimenting and playing with the technology beyond what was required of my job. I eventually shared some code on how to integrate Oracle and the internet...before, the internet was a thing, which led me to work for Oracle, and then ultimately for Microsoft. I have been with Microsoft for 24 years, and each day is as unique and challenging as the first.

A career in STEM is like a blank notebook. There are guides and rules, but the story is yours to write. There are endless opportunities to learn, collaborate, and innovate. I am forever grateful for the set of circumstances that introduced me to this career, and I still love what I do decades later.


10/9-10 - College App Walkthrough

On October 9th and 10th, we hosted a free 1-hour college application walkthrough through Zoom. We understand that it's very easy to feel overwhelmed with all the college deadlines, and we wanted to help make the application process more manageable. 

Our first day focused on getting started and setting up accounts on the Common App and/or Coalition. On the second day, we went over how to fill out the activities list along with some general tips and tricks. The walkthroughs were conducted one-on-one and were largely discussion-based. This provided us with more flexibility and we were able to better cater our advice to each individual.   

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10/26 - Experiences as a Researcher and Physicist- Gwynne Crowder 

On October 26th, we interviewed Gwynne Crowder, a physics professor at Bellevue College with many accomplishments, including: launching a rocket into space to study hot gases, searching for remnants of life in Antarctica, and studying gravitational waves deep underground. 

Professor Crowder discussed the history of gravitational waves and how it has revealed a new perspective on astronomy research. Additionally, she introduced new technologies such as LIGO, which utilizes lasers to detect gravitational waves in outer space. With a personal interest in physics and astronomy among our audience, Professor Crowder was able to inspire many STEM students to pursue this field despite the initial setbacks, an important message to future scientists


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FTC 18225 Website with FTC Handbooks

In collaboration with FIRST FTC Team 18225 High Definition, we are providing a beginning handbook for FTC Mechanical Design and Programming, which can be found here:



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Additionally, High Definition has recently published their website through the Everstem domain, which you can find here: http://ftc18225.everstem.org/.

If you're interested in collaborating with or just connecting with High Definition, you can contact them through the website! If you're a robotics team interested in collaborating with Everstem, contact us at contact@everstem.org!

Be sure to follow our instagram (@ftc18225) for updates on new events! Additionally, if you'd like to submit a story, email it to contact@everstem.org. Thank you!