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April 13, 2017


Host: José Cárdenas

David Garcia Running for Governor

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  • David Garcia announced he is running for Governor of Arizona at the State Capitol. Garcia is an Associate Professor in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at ASU.
Guests:
  • David Garcia - Running for Arizona governor
Category: Government   |   Keywords: Arizona, governor, David Garcia,

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JOSE: THERE IS ANOTHER NAME IN THE RACE FOR THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE. DEMOCRAT DAVID GARCIA, AN A-S-U EDUCATION PROFESSOR ANNOUNCED HE'S RUNNING FOR THE SEAT NEXT YEAR. GARCIA LOST THE 2014 RACE FOR ARIZONA SUPERINTENDENT FOR PUBLIC INSTRUCTION. JOINING ME NOW IS DAVID GARCIA, CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR OF ARIZONA. DAVID, WELCOME BACK TO "HORIZONTE."

DAVID GARCIA: JOSE, THANK YOU.

JOSE: NO SURPRISE YOU ARE RUNNING FOR OFFICE AGAIN. EVERYBODY ASSUMED YOU WOULD. THE SURPRISE IS EVERYONE THOUGHT YOU WERE GOING TO RUN FOR SUPERINTENDENT. WHAT HAPPENED?

DAVID GARCIA: I WAS PREPARING TO AGAIN BUT THURSDAY WHEN THE GOVERNOR SIGNED THE VOUCHER BILL I KNEW IT WASN'T POSSIBLE ANYMORE.

JOSE: WHAT DIFFERENCE WOULD THAT HAVE MADE?

DAVID GARCIA: THE ROLE OF THE SUPERINTENDENT IS TO IMPLEMENT STATE LAW AND I WOULD HAVE THE CAMPAIGN FOR THE POSITION WHOSE RESPONSIBILITY IT WOULD BE THE CARRY OUT THE DISMANTLING OF PUBLIC EDUCATION AND I DECIDED I COULDN'T DO THAT. I TOLD FOLKS I AM GOING TO RUN FOR THE OFFICE WHERE I CAN HAVE THE MOST POSITIVE IMPACT ON PUBLIC EDUCATION AND THAT IS WHAT LED ME HERE.

JOSE: THIS IS GOING TO BE A TOUGHER RACE THAN THE LAST ONE YOU RAN AND CAME CLOSE TO WINNING. WHAT MAKES YOU THINK YOU CAN WIN AGAINST AN INCUMBENT GOVERNOR?

DAVID GARCIA: I GET IT WILL TAKE A HISTORIC EFFORT TO WIN BUT IT IS NOT AN EXAGGERATION WE ARE LIVING IN HISTORIC TIMES. I THINK ARIZONA BETTER UNDERSTANDS THE CONSEQUENCES OF ELECTIONS AND I THINK WE HAVE ARIZONA RESIDENTS WHO FEEL LIKE THEIR LEADERSHIP IS OUT OF TOUCH WITH WHAT THEY WANT. 94-95% OF PARENTS SEND THEIR CHILDREN TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS INCLUDING CHARTER SCHOOLS. WHEN THE GOVERNOR SAYS MANY OF US TRUSTED WHAT HE SAID AFTER ONE TWO THREE IT WOULD ONLY BE THE BEGINNING OF INVESTMENT IN EDUCATION. WE DIDN'T KNOW THE NEXT STEP WAS UNIVERSAL VOUCHERS. I FEEL BETRAYED AND ON BEHALF OF THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS PUBLIC SCHOOL PARENTS LIKE ME AND MY WIFE WHO SEND THEIR CHILDREN TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS WE NEED TO STAND UP AND DEMAND THE GOVERNOR AND THE LEGISLATURE DEMAND THEY HONOR AND THEY FUND OUR CHOICE TO BE IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS.

JOSE: WE HAVEN'T SEEN MUCH PUSH BACK AGAINST THE GOVERNOR FOR HIS DECISION TO SIGN THAT BILL. IT SEEMS TO BE RELATIVELY POPLAR PARTICULARLY WITH THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY WHICH WAS A GREAT SUPPORTER OF YOURS WHEN YOU RAN FOR SUPERINTENDENT.

DAVID GARCIA: IT HASN'T COME OUT YET. I HAVE YET TO SEE HIM RALLY AROUND THIS OR COME OUT PUBLICLY. IF THIS WAS SUCH POPULAR BILL I AM NOT SURE WHY HE SIGNED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT. ARIZONA IN GENERAL, WE NEED TO FOCUS ON CONTINUED JOB CREATION IN ARIZONA AND EDUCATION IS THAT PATH. WHAT WE NEED, AND I THINK WE HAVE WORKED SO HARD TO BRING PEOPLE IN FROM OUTSIDE AND THAT IS IMPORTANT. WE ARE NOT GROWING IDEAS WITHIN ARIZONA AS WELL AS WE COULD AND WE SHOULD. THAT BEGINS WITH EDUCATION. THAT BEGINS WITH A STRONG UNIVERSITY SYSTEM. STRONG K-12 SO IDEAS START IN ARIZONA AND STAY IN ARIZONA. THAT IS THE PATH TO GROWTH IN THE FUTURE.

JOSE: WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO GET THE MONEY TO RUN A CAMPAIGN AGAINST A SITTING GOVERNOR? IT WILL BE MORE EXPENSIVE AND YOU WILL NOT HAVE THE SUPPORT OF THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY.

DAVID GARCIA: THIS IS NOT GOING TO BE A DEEP POCKET CAMPAIGN. I DON'T HAVE DEEP, DARK MONEY ON MY SIDE WITH RESPECT TO DEEP POCKETS. BUT I DO HAVE PEOPLE. AND THIS IS GOING TO BE A PEOPLE GENERATED CAMPAIGN. I HEAR IT AND SEE IT EVERYWHERE WE GO. PEOPLE ARE READY TO GET ACTIVE AND INVOLVED. IF WE ARE GOING TO WIN THIS, WHEN WE WIN THIS, IT IS BECAUSE THE PEOPLE OF ARIZONA STEPPED UP. EDUCATORS, PARENTS, FOLKS IN THE COMMUNITY AND PEOPLE WORKING IN TERMS OF LIVING AND GET BY WITH A MINIMUM WAGE.

JOSE: I ASSUME YOU ARE COUNTING ON MORE EXCITEMENT FROM THE DEMOCRATS. WE SAW THAT WITH THE KANSAS ELECTION AND THE ELECTION IN ATLANTA IS EXPECTED TO BE CLOSE NEXT WEEK. IS THAT WHAT YOU ARE THINKING IS GOING TO SWEEP YOU IN?

DAVID GARCIA: I THINK THAT IS A BEGINNING. I THINK THAT IS A START. WE WILL HAVE TO SPREAK TO ARIZONA AND GET OUT TO THOSE COMMUNITIES. VOUCHERS CAME FROM OUTSIDE OUR STATE AND I THINK WE HAVE HAD OVER 22 YEARS OF EXPERIMENTS IN ARIZONA THAT DIDN'T COME FROM THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE HERE. THAT IS GOING TO BE THE ENERGY THAT TAKES US FORWARD. THE ENERGY TAKING US FORWARD IS LISTENING AND BRINGING FORWARD ARIZONA IDEAS TO THE OFFICE. THAT IS IN MY OPINION WHAT IS GOING TO MAKE THE DIFFERENCE.

JOSE: WHAT ABOUT WITHIN THE PARTY ITSELF? YOU ARE THE SECOND CANDIDATE TO ANNOUNCE FOR THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION. ANOTHER ANNOUNCED IN FEBRUARY AND THERE ARE RUMORS SENATOR FARLEY MIGHT ANNOUNCE. WHO ELSE MIGHT THROW THEIR HAT IN THE RING?

DAVID GARCIA: I AM NOT SURE OF OTHERS BUT I THINK HAVING OTHERS IS HEALTHY. I THINK SENATOR FARLEY IS HEALTHY. IT IS GOOD FOR THE PARTY TO GET FOLKS OUT THERE WITH DIFFERENT OPINIONS.

JOSE: WHAT ABOUT THE LATINO VOTE AND THERE WAS AN EXPECTATION WHEN YOU RAN AS SUPERINTENDENT THAT THE LATINO VOTE WOULD HAVE BEEN DECISIVE AND IT WASN'T. ANY THOUGHTS?

DAVID GARCIA: I THINK IT IS INCREASING AND MOVING TO THE POINT OF BEING DECISIVE. I THINK MORE IS COMING ONBOARD. THEY ARE VOTING IN NUMBERS CLOSE TO THE GENERAL POPULATION AND THE GROWTH OF THIS STATE IS AMONG OUR LATINO POPULATION. I HOPE AND BELIEVE THE COMMUNITY IS GOING TO GET ACTIVE AND REMAIN ACTIVE. THOSE ARE IMPORTANT NUMBERS THAT ARE GOING TO CHANGE THE STATE.

JOSE: ANY CONCERNS IN THE LAST ELECTION PART OF WHAT WE SAW IS THE MOBILIZATION IN MANY RESPECTS OF THE WHITE VOTE. THERE IS A REACTION OF SOME PEOPLE THINKING SO WITH IMMIGRATION ISSUES AND STUFF LIKE THAT. ANY CONCERN OF THAT HAPPENING AGAIN?

DAVID GARCIA: I THINK WE NEED TO KEEP POSITIVE, STAY OUT THERE TALKING TO THE COMMUNITY. I THINK PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF MEAN-SPIRITED POLITICS. LAST TIME I SAW PEOPLE GIVING UP ON THE PROCESS AND DIDN'T WANT TO GET INVOLVED IN THE PROCESS. WHAT WE NEED TO DO IS MAKE SURE WE ENGAGE THOSE FOLKS AND KEEP THEM ENGAGED ALL THE WAY THROUGH NOVEMBER 18TH.

JOSE: ONE LAST QUESTION, YOUR FOCUS IN YOUR ANNOUNCEMENT AND THIS EVENING ON EDUCATION. WHAT OTHER ISSUES ARE GOING TO BE IMPORTANT IN YOUR CAMPAIGN?

DAVID GARCIA: THERE IS GOING TO BE A NUMBER OF ISSUES. IT IS GOING TO BE A LONG CAMPAIGN. WE WILL HAVE TIME TO GET OUT THERE AND TALK TO ARIZONANS AND GET THEIR IDEAS FORWARD. NUMBER ONE FOR ARIZONA HAS ALWAYS BEEN JOBS AND GOOD, WELL PAYING, HIGH QUALITY JOBS. THAT IS NUMBER ONE AND EDUCATION IS ONE-ON-ONE WITH THOSE. WE ARE TRYING TO ATTRACT BUSINESSES HERE WITH AN EDUCATION SYSTEM ALWAYS AT THE BOTTOM. WE NEED TO CHANGE THAT. WE HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT HEALTH CARE AND THE INFRASTRUCTURE AND PUBLIC SAFETY. WE ARE GOING TO GO OUT THERE AND GET ARIZONA IDEAS TO ADDRESS THESE ISSUES.

JOSE: DAVID GARCIA, DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR. THANKS FOR JOINING US.

President Trump Immigration

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  • This week Attorney General Jeff Sessions toured the U.S.-Mexico border and unveiled what he described as a new get-tough approach to immigration prosecutions under President Donald Trump.
Guests:
  • Larry Levi Sandigo - Immigration attorney
Category: Immigration   |   Keywords: Immigration, Mexico, President Trump,

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JOSE: ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS OUTLINED THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S TOUGH APPROACH ON IMMIGRATION DURING A VISIT TO THE U-S MEXICO BORDER IN NOGALES, ARIZONA. HE CREDITED PRESIDENT TRUMP FOR THE DECLINE IN BORDER APPREHENSIONS AND SAID THE ADMINISTRATION WILL BRING MORE FELONY PROSECUTIONS AGAINST IMMIGRANTS ENTERING THE COUNTRY ILLEGALLY. JOINING ME NOW TO TALK ABOUT THE NEW STANCE ON IMMIGRATION IS LARRY LEVI SANDIGO, ADVOCACY CHAIR OF THE AMERICAN IMMIGRATION LAWYERS ASSOCIATION. LEVI, WELCOME BACK TO "HORIZONTE." FIRST OF ALL, AS WE NOTED IN THE INTRODUCTION, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL SAID PRESIDENT TRUMP'S RESPONSE TO DECLINE BORDER APPREHENSIONS. IS THAT A TRUE STATEMENT?

LARRY LEVI SANDIGO: I THINK IT IS TOUGH TO SAY. YOU KNOW, WE HAVE SEEN IMMIGRATION OVER THE YEARS AND IT CAN BE VERY SEASONAL. IT CAN BE DEPENDING ON FACTORS IN HOME COUNTRIES. IT CAN BE DEPENDENT ON WHAT IS GOING ON IN THE UNITED STATES, THE ECONOMY AND THINGS LIKE THAT. IT IS HARD TO SAY BECAUSE OF PRESIDENT TRUMP THE NUMBERS HAVE GONE DOWN.

JOSE: HASN'T THIS BEEN A DOWNWARD TREND FOR SOME TIME?

LARRY LEVI SANDIGO: YES, THERE HAS BEEN A DOWNWARD TREND FOR SOME TIME.

JOSE: THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TALKED TOUGH. GIVE US A SAMPLE OF SOME OF THE THINGS HE WAS TALKING ABOUT THAT INDICATE THIS NEW TOUGH STANCE BY THE ADMINISTRATION.

LARRY LEVI SANDIGO: I THINK HE PAINTED A VERY GRIM PICTURE TALKING ABOUT BEHEADINGS AND MACHETES AND PAINTS A PICTURE OF LAWLESSNESS ALONG THE BORDER THAT JUST REALLY ISN'T TIED TO REALITY AND MAKING IMMIGRANTS ALL SEEM LIKE CRIMINALS THAT DESERVE TO BE PROSECUTED TO THE FULLEST EXTENT. I THINK THEY ARE PAINTING A NEGATIVE PICTURE.

JOSE: ANY PUSH BACK FROM THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES WHO WERE AT THE BORDER WITH HIM?

LARRY LEVI SANDIGO: I BELIEVE THE MAYOR OF NOGALES MADE IT A POINT TO SAY WHAT ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS WAS SAYING WASN'T WHAT HE WAS SEEING IN HIS TOWN.

JOSE: A KEY PART OF WHAT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL WAS TALKING ABOUT INCREASED MANPOWER FOR ENFORCEMENT AND ALSO FOR THE JUDICIARY TO TAKE CARE OF THE CASES. THERE IS SOME CONCERN IF THAT REALISTIC.

LARRY LEVI SANDIGO: IT IS HARD TO SAY WITH THE INCREASED DETENTION WILL THE JUDGES ADDRESS THE NEW CASES OR THE 500,000 BACKLOG CASES? IT IS HARD TO SAY WHAT IS ACTUALLY GOING TO HAPPEN.

JOSE: MY UNDERSTANDING IS THE ATTORNEY GENERAL DIDN'T MEET WITH ANYONE WHO WOULD HAVE A DIFFERENT POINT OF VIEW ON THE IMMIGRATION ISSUE.

LARRY LEVI SANDIGO: THAT IS MY UNDERSTANDING AS WELL AND I THINK YOU HAVE TO TALK TO A VARIETY OF CONSTITUENTS TO FIND OUT WHAT IS HAPPENING ON THE BORDER. THAT WAS UNFORTUNATE HE DIDN'T GIVE FOLKS THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE WHAT WAS HAPPENING.

JOSE: IN TERMS OF WHAT IS HAPPENING, HOW WOULD THAT LOOK DIFFERENTLY THAN WHAT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL WAS PORTRAYING.

LARRY LEVI SANDIGO: I THINK FOR ONE, THE NUMBERS ARE GOING DOWN. WE DON'T HAVE THIS IMMENSE CRISIS OF VIOLENCE AND CARTEL RUNNING A MUCK ON THE GROUND. I THINK THE NUMBERS ARE GOING DOWN AND MANY OF THE PEOPLE COMING TO THE UNITED STATES ARE COMING TO BE WITH THEIR FAMILIES AND DON'T HAVE NEFARIOUS INTENTIONS. I THINK IN TALKING WITH COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS YOU WOULD HAVE GOTTEN THAT IMPRESSIONS.

JOSE: CERTAINLY THE TONE IS TOUGHER. BUT IS THE POLICY MUCH DIFFERENT THAN WHAT IT WAS UNDER THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION?

LARRY LEVI SANDIGO: I WOULDN'T SAY SO. WHAT HE OUTLINED IN THE MEMORANDUM WERE ALREADY CRIMES.

JOSE: GOING AFTER THE MOST DANGEROUS CRIMINALS. WHAT ABOUT TALKING ABOUT GREATER ENFORCEMENT ON IDENTIFY THEFT AND REPEAT CROSSERS, PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN DEPORTED A NUMBER OF TIMES AND KEEP COMING BACK IN.

LARRY LEVI SANDIGO: SO THE FEDERAL PROSECUTORS ALREADY HAD THE ABILITY TO PROSECUTE THOSE AS MISDEMEANORS OR FELONY CHARGES. I THINK THE SHIFT WOULD BE THE EMPHASIS AS GOING AFTER THEM AS FELONY RATHER THAN TRYING THEM AS A MISDEMEANOR.

JOSE: A BIG ISSUE FOR ARIZONA IS THE WALL. BIDS ARE BEING SUBMITTED AS WE SPEAK. DID HE TALK ABOUT THAT?

LARRY LEVI SANDIGO: HE DID MENTION THE WALL AND I THINK IT IS INTERESTING HE MENTIONED THE NEED FOR THE WALL AT THE SAME TIME HE DISCUSSED THE NUMBERS WERE GOING DOWN. CONSIDERING THE COST AND ISSUES OF THE WALL, I DON'T THINK IT IS A NECESSARY ITEM TO DETER UNLAWFUL IMMIGRATION. IT REALLY IS A WASTE OF MONEY.

JOSE: I WANT TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOUR PRESENCE TO UPDATE US ON WHAT IS GOING ON OTHER AREAS RELATED TO IMMIGRATION. FIRST OF ALL, THE TRAVEL BAN. WHERE DO THOSE THINGS STAND?

LARRY LEVI SANDIGO: THERE IS A HEARING COMING UP IN THE 9TH CIRCUIT ABOUT THAT BUT THAT IS NOT IN AFFECT CURRENTLY.

JOSE: THERE WAS A DECISION BY THE JUDGE IN HAWAII AND THAT IS WHAT HAS BEEN CHALLENGED IN THE 9TH CIRCUIT. ISN'T THERE SOMETHING GOING ON ACROSS THE COUNTRY ON THE EAST COAST?

LARRY LEVI SANDIGO: YES, THERE IS AND THERE IS GOING TO BE AN APPELLATE HEARING ON THAT COMING UP.

JOSE: ANY SENSE FOR WHETHER THE MODIFIED BAN, WHICH DID MAKE A NUMBER OF CHANGES IN WHAT WAS ORIGINALLY SET FORTH, WHETHER ULTIMATELY IT WILL BE UPHELD BY THE COURTS?

LARRY LEVI SANDIGO: I DON'T THINK IT WILL BE UPHELD. I THINK IF YOU READ THE DECISION IT WILL FOCUS ON THE INTENT BEING THE SAME.

JOSE: SANCTUARY CITIES AND THE PRESIDENT KEEPS TALKING OF PUNISHING THEM. IS THAT SOMETHING THEY CAN DO?

LARRY LEVI SANDIGO: THAT IS UP FOR DEBATE WHETHER HE CAN TIE MONEY THAT HAS TO DO WITH ENFORCEMENT AND TAKE THAT AWAY. THAT IS UP FOR DEBATE.

JOSE: AND ONE LAST AREA OF IMPORTANCE FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS IN ARIZONA HAS TO DO WITH DACA. THE PRESIDENT CONTINUES TO TALK ABOUT THOSE STUDENTS AS DESERVING AND INDICATES HE WANTS TO DO SOMETHING POSITIVE. WHERE DO THINGS STAND ON THAT FRONT?

LARRY LEVI SANDIGO: AS OF RIGHT NOW, IT IS IN PLACE AND YOU CAN APPLY FOR EXISTING AND RENEWAL. THE PROGRAM STILL IN EFFECT.

JOSE: ARE STUDENTS BEING ADVISED TO APPLY NOW? ISN'T THERE CONCERN THEY ARE GIVING THE INFORMATION USED TO LOCATE THEM IN AN EVENT IT IS NOT GRANTED?

LARRY LEVI SANDIGO: THAT CONCERN EXISTS. WE DON'T KNOW HOW THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS GOING TO USE THE INFORMATION PROVIDED ON THOSE APPLICATIONS SO I THINK ALL ATTORNEYS SHOULD BE ADVISING THEIR CLIENTS, ESPECIALLY FIRST TIME APPLICANTS ABOUT NOT KNOWING WHERE THE INFORMATION IS GOING TO BE KEPT AND WHAT IS GOING TO BE DONE WITH IT.

JOSE: AT LEAST BE CAUTIOUS?

LARRY LEVI SANDIGO: YES.

JOSE: THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US. WE WILL BE TALKING TO YOU OVER THE MONTHS AND YEARS.

LARRY LEVI SANDIGO: I LOOK FORWARD TO IT.

Si Se Puede Foundation, Degrees of Freedom

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  • Si Se Puede Foundation: Focus on the foundation and their goal to help low income children achieve academic success and their STEM programs. They will talk about Degrees of Freedom high school girls robotics group. The Degrees of Freedom team won the Rookie All Star Award at this past weekend FIRST Arizona Regional Robotics competition.
Guests:
  • Dr. Allan Cameron - Robotics Team mentor Camila Trevino - Degrees of Freedom Robotics team member Alberto Esparza - President and CEO of Si Se Puede Foundation
Category: Technology   |   Keywords: STEM, Degrees of Freedom, Si Se Puede,

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JOSE: THE SI SE PUEDE FOUNDATION PROVIDES PROGRAMS TO STRENGTHEN CHILDREN, FAMILIES, AND COMMUNITIES. ONE OF THE THINGS THE FOUNDATION IS KNOWN FOR IS ITS EMPHASIS ON "STEM" SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, AND MATH PROGRAMS. THIS WEEKEND, THE DEGREES OF FREEDOM HIGH SCHOOL ROBOTICS TEAM WON THE ROOKIE ALL STAR AWARD IN THE GRAND CANYON UNIVERSITY FIRST ROBOTICS COMPETITION. JOINING ME TO TALK ABOUT THE FOUNDATION IS ALBERTO ESPARZA, PRESIDENT AND C-E-O FOR SI SE PUEDE FOUNDATION. DOCTOR ALLAN CAMERON, LEAD MENTOR FOR DEGREES OF FREEDOM ROBOTICS TEAM. AND, CAMILA TREVINO, A MEMBER OF THE DEGREES OF FREEDOM ROBOTIC TEAM. WELCOME ALL TO "HORIZONTE." CONGRATULATIONS. WE WILL GET TO SOME OF THOSE DETAILS ABOUT THE COMPETITION. FIRST, GIVE US A QUICK RUNDOWN ON WHAT THE FOUNDATION DOES.

ALBERTO ESPARZA: IT WAS STARTED IN 1994 BY ME AND WE SERVE ABOUT 1800 KIDS IN THE EAST VALLEY. WE ARE PREDOMINANTLY AN S.T.E.M. PROGRAM. WE WERE ABLE TO SERVE 300 KIDS THIS YEAR WHO WOULD OTHERWISE NOT HAVE ACCESS TO THESE STEM PROBLEMS. IT HAS BEEN A GREAT RIDE FOR US SINCE 1998 AND WE KEEP ON EXPANDING THE PROGRAM. WE HAVE THE FIRST UNDERWATER ROBOTICS AND MECHANICAL ROBOTICS. THIS YEAR WE STARTED DOING THE UNDERWATER ROBOTICS PROGRAM.

JOSE: ROBOTICS HAS BEEN A BIG PART OF THE FOUNDATION ACTIVES. WHY ROBOTICS?

ALLAN CAMERON: BECAUSE IT WORKS AND THEY ATTRACT KIDS AND THEY LEARN MATH, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AND THEY WORKING ON A COMPUTER, WITH ADULTS, COMPETING, THEY LEARN THE ETHICS AND LANGUAGE AND TURN TO LOVE ENGINEERING AND MATH. I USE THE EXAMPLE IF THEY HANG AROUND POLICEMEN AND FIREMEN THEY WANT TO GROW UP TO BE POLICEMEN AND FIREMEN AND TEACHERS BECAUSE THEY SEE THEM. NOW THEY SEE ENGINEERS AND THAT IS A FIELD THEY WANT TO EXPLORE AND GO INTO.

JOSE: CAMILA, YOU HAVE BEEN INVOLVED FOR A WHILE. WHAT GOT YOU STARTED AND HOW OLD WERE YOU?

CAMILA TREVINO: I WAS IN SIXTH GRADE AND THE NON-PROFIT I AM PART OF STARTED TALKING ABOUT ROBOTS AND ANY KID AT A YOUNG AGE IS INTERESTED IN ROBOTS AND AFTER MY FIRST DAY I WAS HOOKED AND I AM HERE SIX YEARS LATER.

JOSE: THE EFFORT YOU ARE INVOLVED WITH IS A NEW DEVELOPMENT. I WILL PUT A PICTURE ON THE SCREEN OF THE FREEDOM GROUPS YOU ARE PART OF. TELL US ABOUT WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT IT?

CAMILA TREVINO: WE ARE AN ALL-GIRLS GROUP. IN ROBOTICS THERE ARE NOT MANY FEMALES SO IT IS UNIQUE IN THE STATE OF ARIZONA AND IN THE FIRST COMPETITION THERE IS AN ALL-GIRLS ROBOTICS TEAM.

JOSE: YOU HAVE TO EXPLAIN THE NAME OF THE TEAM. DEGREES OF FREEDOM.

CAMILA TREVINO: IT COMES FROM THE ENGINEERING TERMS WHICH IS THE AXIS, THE DEGREES OF FREEDOM IS AN ENGINEERING TERM WHICH IS AN AXIS THAT CAN BE XY AND Z PLANES AND THE AMOUNT OF FREEDOM AN ARM OR APPLICATION YOU PUT ON YOUR ROBOT HAS TO FUNCTION OR TO MOVE.

JOSE: I THINK MANY PEOPLE THINK ABOUT IT HAS TO DO WITH THE FACT THIS IS AN ALL-GIRLS TEAM WHICH IS UNUSUAL.

ALLAN CAMERON: MOST OF THE INDUSTRY AND ENGINEERS ARE MALE, MALE-DOMINATED. CEO’S ARE MALE PRIMARILY. THE IDEAS OF DEGREES OF FREEDOM IN OUR SOCIETY PERHAPS HAS A SOCIAL MEANING ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG LATINO WOMEN.

JOSE: AND ALBERTO, IN THE PICTURE IT WASN'T JUST THE TEAM MEMBERS BUT THE MENTORS MOST OF WHOM ARE MEN. I GUESS IT REFLECTS WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT. WE HAVE GOT A PICTURE OF THE ROBOT THAT YOU GUYS ENTERED INTO THE COMPETITION. WE WILL PUT THAT ON THE SCREEN. TELL ME ABOUT THIS ONE.

CAMILA TREVINO: THAT IS OUR ROBOT FOR THE COMPETITION. WE HAD TO DO A SERIES OF MISSIONS. ONE OF THEM BEING A ROBOT HAD TO BE ABLE TO PICK UP GEARS FROM EITHER THE GROUND OR FROM A DIRECT SHOOT AND PLACE THEM ON THE PEG SO A HUMAN PLAYER CAN PLACE THEM ON A GEAR SYSTEM AND TURN ON A TURBINE. IT ALSO HAS GEARS IN THE BACK AND YOU CAN SEE IT HAS DIFFERENT SKILLS OF SCALING A THREE FOOT ROPE, TOUCH A PAD AND HANG SUSPENDED IN THE AIR FOR A SECOND OR TWO.

JOSE: IT WAS IMPRESSIVE ENOUGH ALONG WITH LOT OF OTHER CHARACTERISTICS TO WIN THE AWARD. WE HAVE THE TEAM PICTURED HERE.

ALLAN CAMERON: WE ARE VERY PROUD OF THE TEAM. ALTHOUGH THE ROBOT PLAYS A PART OF THAT IT IS WHAT THE GIRLS HAVE BEEN DOING IN THE COMMUNITY. THEY HAVE BEEN MENTORING YOUNGER KIDS IN LEGO ROBOTICS, THEY HAVE BEEN GOING TO SENIOR CITIZEN PLACES AND HELP THE GRANDPAS AND GRANDMAS. ENGINEERING IS A COOL ACTIVITY AND THEY ARE TRYING TO MAKE IT LOUD TO ATTRACT MORE BOYS AND GIRLS INTO CONSIDERING THE S.T.E.M. FIELDS WHICH WE DESPERATELY NEED.

JOSE: AND SPEAKING OF ATTRACTING MORE BOYS AND GIRLS, ONE OF THE TOUCHING ASPECTS OF THIS LAST COMPETITION WAS THE PARTICIPATION OF A YOUNG BOY THROUGH MAKE A WISH FOUNDATION. WE HAVE A PICTURE OF HIM, I THINK, WITH YOU COMING UP. TELL US ABOUT THAT. WE WILL PUT THAT PICTURE ON THE SCREEN NOW.

ALBERTO ESPARZA: WE RECEIVED A CALL FROM THE INTEL COMMUNITY WHO RECEIVED CALL FROM THE FAMILY. THEY HAD SEEN THE ARTICLE OF DEGREES OF FREEDOM IN THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC AND CONTACTED US. THE YOUNG MAN'S DREAM WAS TO BECOME AN ENGINEER AND HE CAME TO US AND CAME TO THE PROGRAM.

JOSE: AND I UNDERSTAND HE TOOK APART THE FAMILY VACUUM AND PUT IT BACK TOGETHER.

ALBERTO ESPARZA: YEAH. WE ARE GOING TO BE HOSTING HIM AGAIN THIS WEEKEND. HE IS GOING TO GET ENGAGED IN THE FIRST LEGO LEAGUE AND UNDERWATER ROBOTICS.

JOSE: TELL US WHAT THE NEXT STEP LEVEL IS. AS I UNDERSTAND IT IS NATIONAL.

ALBERTO ESPARZA: IT IS IN HOUSTON. WE WILL BE AT NASA NEXT WEEK AND HOPEFULLY WE CAN BRING THE GOLD. I THINK WE ARE GOING DO VERY WELL AS A FIRST-YEAR TEAM.

JOSE: THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US.