From the outside, room 604 looks like any other classroom on the La Cañada High School campus. But inside, the former wood shop room is a bustling workshop filled with wires, gadgets, computers and all the necessary ingredients required to animate a robot.
This is the humble home of the LCHS Engineering Club, which in its seven-year existence, has transformed the lives of students whose interests in building, computers and robotics had previously lain dormant, undiscovered and untapped.
"This town is all about chemistry, biology and physics; that's what they think colleges are looking for," said team adviser and science teacher Steve Zimmerman. "But I've had parents come back and tell me their child wouldn't have made it into Caltech if it weren't for this program."
To honor engineering and those who've dedicated their lives to it, the LCHS Engineering Club has named March 14 "Appreciate an Engineer Day." The La Cañada Flintridge City Council officially declared it a holiday with a proclamation presented to students by Mayor Laura Olhasso.