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  1. And What AboutMinority Kids? SciMaTech Academy Hull Middle School Benton Harbor, Michigan

  2. Benton Harbor, Michigan • Population—11,000 • Lake Michigan College • Whirlpool Corporation

  3. Benton Harbor High School • Spring 07-The FRC Debut of the Tech Tigers • Overcame mechanical difficulties • Tremendous help from Whirlpool

  4. Hull Middle School • 350 students Grades 6 – 8 • 94% African American, 92% Free/Reduced Lunch • 7 years on the state’s critical list

  5. Hull Middle School (cont.) • 2006-07 launched SciMaTech Academy • Two rookie teams • One went to Flint (state tournament) in December

  6. Difficulties • One coach for two teams • Too many adult volunteers at the start • Coaches training held when school starts • Summer robotics camp not implemented

  7. Year Two (07-08) • Two coaches • Two returning students • Two sponsors • Two tournaments • Two awards • Against All Odds • Rising Star

  8. Gap—Robot Design Ours—last year Theirs—last year Ours— this year • Team chose not to use sensors

  9. Gap—Programming Very basic

  10. Other Gaps • Research Skills • Presentation skills • Applying the design process • Working independently • Willing to be creative • Not giving up

  11. How do we deal with taking students from “Zero” to tournament ready every year? Any Suggestions?

  12. Thank you for your help! Marian Prince, Counselor marian.prince@bhas.org Mary Wilcox, Technology Teacher mary.wilcox@bhas.org