Grossmont College is hosting a free screening of “Underwater Dreams,” an inspirational documentary about the sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants who built an underwater robot as Arizona high school students in 2004 and defeated engineering powerhouse MIT in an international competition.
The screening of the film on Tuesday, April 12, in Building 26, Room 220 will be followed Thursday, April 14, with a panel discussion at Griffin Gate in Building 60 with two of the former high school students featured in the documentary, Lorenzo Santillan and Luis Aranda, and the winning team’s coach, Allan Cameron. Both events start at 6:30 p.m. and are open to the public. Grossmont College is at 8800 Grossmont College Drive in El Cajon.
The 2014 documentary about the ragtag team from Carl Hayden High School near Phoenix, Ariz., and its underlying theme of grit and determination overcoming obstacles was written and directed by Mary Mazzio and is narrated by actor Michael Peña. It was screened in 2015 at the White House as part of National Robotics Week.