We need Makeblock robotics kits and batteries so we can explore engineering and robotics at a deeper level.
Hooray! This project is fully funded
Hooray! This project is fully funded
About My Students
Engineering club president Carina, her officers Christian and Giovany, and the club members set the goal of expanding the club this year. They said they wanted the club to start exploring robotics. I am excited about this project because it will bring sorely needed STEM opportunities to our school.
The engineering club has existed for a few years, and the focus has been mainly small scale projects. We have been limited by a lack of materials and resources. Carina and the rest of the club leadership decided they wanted to take the club to the next level through robotics. They wanted to have access to same STEM opportunities they saw their peers exploring at nearby schools. This is something that has been out of reach for students at our school because of a lack of finances as well as a lack of opportunity. Their ultimate goal is to impress the school's administration so much, that they decided to create a robotics elective. I was impressed at the initiative they took to ask for such a big change and encouraged them to work to raise the money to get started. In an effort to raise money, club members have designed products to 3d print and sell, and Carina has presented in front of local businesses. We haven't raised enough to buy these kits, so we are submitting this project.
The opportunities created for these students by this project are numerous. The process of putting this project together has been empowering for the students in the club, and given them an invaluable experience. Once they have their hands on the robotics kits, they will have the chance to learn more about electronics, writing code, engineering design, and using software to control hardware. These are all modern skills that the students in the club and at the school wouldn't have experience with otherwise. Even if they don't pursue a career in STEM, the experience they have in working with the kits will help them to build critical thinking and problem-solving skills. In addition, the students will be collaborating in teams as they challenge themselves to design solutions to everyday problems. Finally, there is an opportunity for these students to leave a lasting legacy. The club will have these kits forever, and this project will hopefully inspire our school to create a robotics class.
In Their Own Words
We are planning to build a robot car with multiple functions to explore the field of mechanical engineering while also learning the basics of electronics and coding to program the robot. Our ultimate goal, if this project goes well, is to implement engineering club as an elective at our school.
To ensure we are all involved in having a more hands-on experience with this project, we plan to divide up into multiple groups and assign everyone a specific role to be involved in creation and development process. Later, we intend to come together to collaborate and suggest ideas to improve our project.
This project gives us the opportunity to expose not only our fellow students, but our community to the STEM fields, something that isn’t emphasized enough within our school. With this project we hope to create a deeper interest in math and science and encourage the future and present generations of our community to pursue a career in the STEM field.
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