David Black is the lead instructor for the Introduction to Engineering, Principles of Engineering, and Computer-Aided Manufacturing classes. He is also program director for the award-winning FIRST Robotics Team 696 and serves as the Specialized Secondary Program (SSP) grant coordinator. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from California State Polytechnic University Pomona and a Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration from California State University Northridge. Mr. Black has a Career Technical Education Designated Subjects teaching credential, a preliminary Administrative Services credential, and has more than 19 years of experience in designing and manufacturing competitive robots. During the past 10 years teaching at Clark Magnet High School, Mr. Black has been recognized as a Montrose-Verdugo City Educator of the Year, Woodie Flowers Finalist Award recipient, Glendale Education Foundation Diamond Award recipient, and a Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence national semi-finalist. His past projects have included everything from building Rose Parade floats to designing a lunar micro rover and flying high altitude balloon payloads to near-space. Major educational initiatives he has undertaken have included writing engineering curriculum for the Los Angeles County Office of Education and developing model curriculum in Computer-Aided Manufacturing for the California Department of Education.