Robotics Resource Center
Robots are cool and fun. We catch students’ attention with robotics as a first in a series of STEM activities.
When students design, build, program, test, and operate a robot, they go through the same critical thinking and problem solving processes as real life engineers. Robotics is a great way of increasing STEM interest and STEM proficiency in students.
We recommend and provide manuals for three venues of robotics, giving students the opportunity to work on developing their skills 12 months of the year. All three of these offerings utilize the LEGO NXT MINDSTORM robotics kits. In January through June, we offer a Robotics Academy that teaches basic building and programming skills. Students earn colored stickers for each demonstrated robotics skills as they learn via interactive, computer-based curricula.
The summer provides the opportunity to introduce robotics to large numbers of boys and girls as part of camps focusing on robotics. Then comes September when we help organize FIRST LEGO League (FLL) robotics teams and Junior FIRST Lego League (Jr FLL) activities.
The LET’S GO organization has developed a manual for each one of these robotics activities. This web site will provide information to those who want to order these manuals once they are beta-tested and approved for distribution.
|"We want kids to be taking the right classes in high school, so that when they go to college or university, STEM careers are open to them," says Nichols, the nonprofit foundation's education manager. "If you're going to do that stuff in high school, then you better be doing the right stuff in middle school and your fifth-grade math teacher better be doing the right stuff, too."