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Robotics Academy. Bringing robotics to the younger crowd. Activity. Architect/Builder Person A will build a structure with all the legos in the bag but Person B CANNOT look at Person A’s structure

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Robotics academy
Robotics Academy

  • Bringing robotics to the younger crowd


Activity
Activity

  • Architect/Builder

  • Person A will build a structure with all the legos in the bag but Person B CANNOT look at Person A’s structure

  • Person A will give instructions to Person B on how to build that same structure using Person B’s legos

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Why younger audiences
Why younger audiences?

  • Lack of representation in Laredo

    • FIRST Robotics Competition, FIRST Tech Challenge, and BEST- high school

    • FIRST Lego League- middle and late elementary

    • FIRST Junior Lego Leauge- early elementary

  • Lack of interest in STEM fields by the time students reach 4th grade


Program overview

Ocean Adventures

City Designers

Program Overview

  • Very little to no competition

  • Thematic approach to robotics

    • Safari Adventures, City Designers, Ocean Adventures

  • Apply real-world science concepts

  • Solve problems using Lego WeDo kit

  • Lego Smart Kits


Structure
Structure

  • Intro to robotics- myth vs. reality

  • Fundamentals of robotics- gears, motors, sensors

  • Apply concepts learned to thematic missions

  • Parental involvement


Program details
Program Details

  • Three blocks of four sessions each

  • Each session builds upon each other and each block builds upon the other

  • Sessions are two hours each

  • “Debriefing”


Reach
Reach

  • 200+ children have experienced the Academy since September of 2010 or its curriculum in summer/winter/spring break camps

  • Annual Engineering & Robotics Expo


Possible ventures
Possible ventures

  • Robotics Academy in schools

  • Teacher trainings

  • Afterschool programs at Boys & Girls Clubs and/or colonias & community centers


Marketing
Marketing

  • Email blasts

  • Press releases

  • Schools




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