One of my favorite things about being at Dollar Hobbyz is that I get to hear all kinds of great stories about people doing amazing things with RC. Turning a drone into a Millennium Falcon is cool, but my favorite is when I hear about organizations that are transforming our world. One of those groups is Racing2Learn. I had the chance to interview Dean Chang, the Founder of Racing2Learn, and he told me about how they want to teach kids about science, technology, engineering, math, and life skills through radio control vehicles.
The Interview: Racing2Learn
When did you guys start this?
We officially launched in 2015 after refining the vision in 2014.
Tell me the story – why did you start Racing2Learn?
I have been heavily involved in RC for more than 30 years, having started tinkering with RC cars when I was a young child. I credit RC for igniting the flame that led me on a path to becoming a successful entrepreneur and engineer in the Silicon Valley as an adult, majoring in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UC Berkeley and then working for and providing consulting to Fortune 500 companies across the US.
As a father, I see first hand how RC makes learning exciting and fun for my children. Whenever we bring our RCs to a park, they instantly draw a crowd and spark conversation and community. It’s my passion to spread this to more children, encouraging them to explore, create, and learn together.
What do you hope to accomplish?
We seek to educate youth in science, technology, engineering, math and life skills through radio controlled vehicles.
What are the benefits for people that want to be involved with this charity?
Kids and adults learn about all the technical and hands on aspects of radio controlled vehicles.
How can they contact you if they have questions?
The best way to contact us is through our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/racing2learn
What is the hardest thing you have had to deal with in regards to the charity?
As with any charity or nonprofit, getting volunteers who are accountable and trustworthy is the hardest part. People are giving the time, energy, and possessions, and not getting paid for it.
What is your favorite part about doing this?
Seeing the pure delight in kids faces as they drive R/C cars.
If you had one piece of advice that you could give to anyone that wanted to get involved in RC – what would it be?
Do your research and homework first. You want to start off with a good platform that suits your needs and that can grow with you as your skill and knowledge grow.
Anything else that you want to share with us?
Making learning fun and exciting is a vital lifelong skill. Unfortunately, popular culture has ingrained us with the contrary. Will you join us in this movement in empowering our youth with knowledge and wisdom while having a blast doing it?