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Robotics for Youth

Inspiring Minds and Empowering Youth in STEM.

Robotics For Youth (RFY) is a non profit organization (501c(3)) led by youth with the aim of promoting STEM amongst school children. It’s started out as a small venture and today RFY has over 80 active student volunteers promoting the organization's vision through expos, competitions and classes.

  • Kids teach other kids.
  • Support all FIRST and WRO programs.
  • Leadership and project management opportunities.
  • Inspiring kids through customized EXPOS.
  • Education including programming (EV3 and Java)

Why we do it?

RFY firmly believes in giving opportunities to school age children to test their interest in robotics while giving our volunteers an opportunity to learn through teaching others. We promote all activities under the First program, from mentoring to scrimmages preparing Northern Virginia teams for competition at state and national levels. We also partner with World Robotics Olympiad to host the VA,MD, DC championship. We encourage all students to give back to your communities through volunteer work. If you are especially passionate about STEM and specifically robotics, join today! You will certainly grow and learn through your work with us and the leadership opportunities we offer. Any volunteering you do through our organization can help you earn volunteer hours for school and your future college applications.

Robotics For Youth Board


Saji Sukumaran

Saji Sukumaran is an IT Professional with experience in Oracle Financial Applications and Solutions. He has worked in Oracle for over 20 years from a Principle Consultant to a Manager in Global & Public Sector Development. He is currently working for Remedy Biz Inc. as a solution architect and consulting for National Institute of Health. Helping children become involved in STEM and encouraging children has always been his passion and he continues to help youth through this program.
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Venketesh Subramony

Venketesh Subramony has experience in Leading Applications Development for infrastructure and business functions, and process design efforts and improvements to information systems. He specializes in direct applications strategy and requirements development with key business owners and stakeholders. He currently works at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as a Senior Director, Application Development. One of his biggest hobbies are to endorse STEM amongst school children and help them participate in competition that further their knowledge.
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Ravi Veerasamy

Ravi Veerasamy is an IT leader with 25+ years of experience in IT solutions development and delivery; he currently manages a mission critical federal government acquisition portfolio of applications. As a hobby and passion, teaching and coaching STEM related problem solving techniques for kids that are getting ready for various robotics competitions (First, WRO) is one of Ravi’s specialities. Ravi holds bachelors degree in computer science and engineering with professional certifications such as PMP and ITIL.
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Ajay Tibrewala

Ajay Tibrewala is the founder and CEO of Infomatrix Global Inc., providing software consulting services to the Federal Agencies. Ajay has 25+ years of software design and implementation experience on large Federal Financial implementations. As a Board member of the Robotics for Youth for more than five years, Ajay is passionate about mentoring youth students in the areas of STEM and providing leadership opportunities to the youth.
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RFY Advisory Board


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Umashankar Palani

Umashankar Palani has had 10 years of architecting applications, being as technical lead, with significant exposure to J2EE, .Net, and open source technologies on linux and cloud platforms using amazon web services, pivotal cloud foundry and openstack. He is also engaged in projects for proof of concept, software prototyping, technology evaluation etc. He has experience in choosing the best fit Sql/NoSql databases, design and development. He also has experience in devops automation with continuous integration (CI) and continuous deployment (CD). He has experience in designing data quality program which involves data discovery, analysis and governance. Lastly, he has experience working in agile and leading scrum projects along with collaborating with IT delivery team.
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Saravanan Subramani

Saravanan Subramani is an IT Professional with experience in Enterprise Networking and Security systems engineering. He has previously worked at SETA as a Network Administrator and he is currently working at George Washington University as a Senior Network Engineer in the Systems Engineering team.
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RFY Media and Website Developer

Akanksha Tibrewala

Akanksha Tibrewala is a sophomore at Chantilly High School. She has been a part of Robotics For Youth for about six years and is very passionate about teaching STEM and helping children learn about their interests. She is very fascinated by biology and website development, and she continues her learning in various areas. Some of her other hobbies include playing basketball, reading, and spending time with her friends.

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