About Us

How We Started

Neurodiverse Robotics was inspired by the BASES Robotics Program developed by an alumni of Hephaestus 6390, an FRC team at North Surrey Secondary School. BASES is an acronym for Building Academic, Social and Employment Skills and is a program that provides services to students with exceptionalities throughout the Surrey School District. 

The BASES Robotics Program was developed to provide the students with more extra-curricular activities and an opportunity to interact with their peers outside the classroom environment. The program was designed to promote social interaction, but most importantly, equity for the BASES students.

The BASES Robotics Program first commenced in February, 2020 and ran for four weeks, with a workshop per week. Unfortunately due to COVID, the program was put on pause for the 2020/2021 school year. However, we are proud to say that the workshops resumed in November, 2021. To learn more about the BASES Robotics Program and Hephaestus 6390, please click here.

Meet the Team

Our team consists of a diverse group of individuals who are all motivated to provide fun activities for neurodivergent individuals in the community. 

Dyllan Mand

President/Founder

Dyllan is currently a student at the University of Calgary studying Biomedical Sciences. During his high school years at North Surrey Secondary School, Dyllan was involved in various clubs and extra-curricular activities. This included being a member of Hephaestus 6390, the robotics team at North Surrey, and band. Through his heavy involvement in the school, Dyllan found a need for more extra-curricular activities for the Building Academic, Social and Employment Skills (BASES) students at his school. To promote equity and mental health, he developed the BASES Robotics Program. Due to the program's success, Dyllan founded Neurodiverse Robotics to expand the program out into the community. 

Sahara Mand

Vice President

Sahara is a third year student at the University of Calgary studying Biomedical Sciences. She is also completing her minor in Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies. At the University of Calgary, she is involved in various student-led club initiatives. This includes being the co-president of Unity Arts Society where she promotes inclusivity through art by volunteering with immigrant, refugee and disabled communities. Also an alumni of North Surrey Secondary School, she was heavily engaged in their athletics program as both an athlete and a coach for basketball and volleyball. Sahara has also been a swim instructor, through which she has worked with individuals with ASD. 

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