PBS: Big Dreams in Umatilla

Kids who grow up in the poorest communities throughout America are surrounded by limits. Money is tight. Work is scarce. Education is poor. And college? That’s just a dream. At first glance Umatilla, Oregon, fits this stereotypical profile — a dead-end town with no opportunities. Look a little closer, and you’ll find a school superintendent who refuses to see limits, a community that invests in its schools, and kids who excel when given the opportunity. This is a story about a robotics team and how it united a town and taught its kids they could and should reach for the stars.

This is a really good documentary following FRC Team 4125, Confidential’s 2016 season that released just last week, and can be watched for free on Oregon Public Broadcasting: