We have created a 4th grade girls robotics team in hopes of inspiring our community to get kids, especially girls, excited about Science, Technology, and Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)! We want to share our knowledge with our community and participate in the First Lego League competitions.
We are a Title 1 school with a large Hispanic population.
Our robotics team is made up of 4th, soon to be 5th grade girls who are passionate about learning. They collaborate to face tough challenges. They never give up. In the 3 short weeks they have been a team, they have written and presented a funding proposal to our school principal and assistant principal. At this meeting they proposed a variety of funding options, including a bake sale and cake walk, which they are currently running to raise money for their First Lego League (FLL) registration fees. They are also presenting to the faculty and staff of our school this next week. They are inspiring to me and my colleagues and will soon inspire our whole school community to participate in STEM activities, courses, and careers.
Our students will use the provided equipment to learn how to create simple machines/robots, learn basic computer programming skills, and participate in the engineering process. They will be able to create and program machines to do simple tasks, like picking up an object, detecting color, following a line, and a variety of other tasks.
They will use all of these skills to participate in one of the First Lego League (FLL) competitions during the 2015-2016 season. In order to participate in an FLL competition, the students must build and program a robot with various attachments that perform different challenges on a thematic playing field.
Throughout the FLL season and school year, they will also do presentations in our school community during our Fall Festival, Math, and Science night to show other kids and adults how they built and programmed the robots.
While we have made great strides to increase the number of women with careers in STEM, we still have too many young women who do not believe they are able to participate in such careers.
It is our goal that our robotics team will inspire other girls to seek learning and career opportunities in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. I have already seen the girls on our team become passionate about these subjects. I am excited to see them light this fire in others.
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