PASADENA, Calif. (June 17, 2021) – The Pasadena Tournament of Roses®, in partnership with Cal Poly Rose Float, has launched Rose STEM presented by Verizon. The series of virtual programs will introduce middle and high school students to STEM concepts used to create a Rose Parade® float, with a goal to reach more than 500 students from the greater Los Angeles area.

Over the summer, Cal Poly Rose Float, a group of college students, will share their expertise in float construction, design, and decoration. Cal Poly Pomona and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo have continuously participated in the parade since 1949 and their floats have led in introducing technology to the parade, including the first use of hydraulics for animation in 1968 and the first use of computer-controlled animation in 1978.

“I am lucky to be part of this program,” shares Cal Poly Rose Float President Christopher Nares. “Everyone in this program is an extraordinary individual that has great commitment.”

Throughout the series, there will be Tournament of Roses members and representatives from Verizon who will also bring their knowledge to the program.

“As part of our Citizen Verizon program, we have committed to improving the planet and the lives of the people who inhabit it. This includes a pledge to provide digital skills and education opportunities for 10 million youth,” said Erica Jacquez, Executive Director of External and Government Affairs. “Verizon is proud to partner with Tournament of Roses and Cal Poly Rose Float to expand equitable access to high-quality, out-of-school STEM enrichment through programs like Rose STEM.”

The Tournament of Roses is a long-standing supporter of regional and national education initiatives through partnerships with local school districts, statewide institutions and universities and corporate sponsors. By supporting students and teachers, they provide needed resources and valuable opportunities for educational growth.

“I’m passionate about student success, access and equity to education. We’re quite proud of all the things we’ve done with both universities over the years, they are great examples of learn-by-doing institutions,” said 2022 Tournament of Roses President Bob Miller. “Additionally, with the generous support of Verizon, we were able to provide an outdoor wireless learning space for Pasadena area students at no cost.”

Additional virtual sessions will be held during the summer months. For more information on Rose STEM presented by Verizon, please contact the Tournament of Roses at