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By Sarah Mellor, Corporate Partnerships Manager, City Year Washington, DC 

On Friday, April 20, thirty three middle school students and ten Deloitte employees spent their afternoon turning a pile of everyday objects like plastic cups, batteries, binder clips, and wires into automated robots at Cardozo Education Campus. The challenge was to build the robot's electrical circuit so it would automatically stop when it hit the boundaries of its designated area. In preparation for their robot building, the group learned about the basics of robotics and electrical circuits from two City Year Washington, DC alumni, Ana Medina ('15 & '16) and Taylor Schult ('16), who now work at Deloitte. The curriculum was provided by Curiosity Machine, an organization that creates educational challenges to provide students with hands-on STEM experiences.  

Pizza was served to everyone at the end of the event, but many – students and adult volunteers alike – didn’t want to stop. They stood at their desks, pizza in one hand and robot in the other, tinkering with their creations until they successfully completed the challenge. It was a fun learning experience for everyone!  

This collaboration between City Year Washington, DC and Deloitte is part of a larger partnership between the two organizations. Deloitte has been a champion of City Year since 2009 and is currently a Program Sponsor at Cardozo Education Campus. Many City Year AmeriCorps members go on to work for Deloitte after their service year ends, drawn by the company’s commitment to giving back. Deloitte employees regularly volunteer with City Year through Curiosity Machine workshops, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service projects, Deloitte Impact Day, AmeriCorps member mentoring, and professional development trainings. This year, Deloitte Impact Day will include a service project at Savoy Elementary School in Southeast DC and skills-based service at City Year Washington, DC's office. Thank you Deloitte for your support this year! 

To learn more about getting your organization engaged with City Year Washington, DC, please contact Jerry Ilar, Corporate Partnerships Director, at  

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