By Dianne Anderson

“The goal is to create students who have an inherent love for STEM so we can prepare them for college and their future.”


Gaming is not just child’s play anymore, but kids and teens are sure to have lots of summer fun with stuff they already love – drone flight, remote gadgets and interactive platforms.


No shortage of entertainment and education through a six-week STEM camp (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). It runs the gamut of projects to keep fidgety kids busy.


“They’re building a gaming unit for computers. We’re going to be utilizing drone racing, ” said Pastor Ralph Williamson of Christ Our Redeemer (COR) A.M.E. Church in Irvine. “We’re going to be building rockets and all kinds of crazy drone activities that they have.”


Students will get a variety of hands-on high technology concepts led by a UCI undergraduate student, who is working on his Ph.D. Each cohort serves about 20 students with one master instructor, and assistant and program coordinator.

Starting in mid-July and runs through August, the STEM camp is open for ten years old up through high schoolers.


“Pastor Ralph” said he is especially excited to engage the younger kids, and lower-income students of color, who are typically left behind by the digital and technological divide.


One reason is that most summer STEM camps are high-priced, but he believes that money shouldn’t be an obstacle to learning. Camp scholarships are available at COR to all those that need help. He said that the camp is showing other positive signs of equity. Last summer, their STEM camp drew in just as many females as males in their drone program.


He said the main priority is getting students ready and developing their confidence to go after computer science and engineering fields. They will be involved in interactive projects and gain more exposure to multiple computer science and engineering disciplines.


“Once you understand STEM and work within the different areas, this becomes a lifestyle. The industry is growing by leaps and bounds,” Pastor Williamson said. (article)




CONGRATULATIONS, Gloria Williams and Dr. Fran Williams, in collecting socks for National Day of Service.

As part of the National Day of Service honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. several local groups participated in a sock drive. This effort was organized and coordinated by Laguna Woods resident Dr. Fran Williams of Marabou Creative Concepts in Education. The participating groups included the African American Heritage Club of Laguna Woods, the Laguna Woods Democratic Club and Forever 50 Ministry of Christ Our Redeemer AME Church in Irvine.

Over 400 pairs of men's and women's socks were collected and donated to the Alternative Sleeping Location in Laguna Beach, which shelters and feeds approximately forty people every day. Socks are reported to be the most requested article of clothing by those without shelter.

CONGRATULATIONS to the IMRI Family, CEO Reverend Martha Daniel, VP Human Resources Mathurin Daniel, COO Maronya Moultrie, and Security Operations Analyst Adrian Scharf for being named the Family Business of the Year 2020 for medium size Businesses by the Orange County Business Journal!


Reverend Martha Daniel founded the company in 1992 and has continued to evolve it to meet with the ever-changing landscape of technology. The Company and leadership have received numerous awards and recognitions, such as: 2018 induction to the Black Business Leader Hall of Fame; 2018 Orange County Register's 100 Most Influential People in Orange County; 2018 INC 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America; and, 2016 Small Business Association's Person of the Year for the Santa Ana District.


Reverend Martha has also been recognized for her leadership with the 2018 Drum Major Award, and by President Barack Obama as the 2014 White House Champion of Change.



Orange County Church Program Helps Minority Business Owners Get Ahead (video)

COR Church to Hold Unity March Against Racism and Injustice (article)

Op-Ed: We Have a Right to Be  Angry! (article)

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