FIRST Robotics for Informal Ed.: The How & The Why
FIRST Robotics programs are a great opportunity for informal education organizations, such as libraries and museums, to provide access to STEM learning experiences for underrepresented youth. However, implementing teams can be a daunting task. In this workshop, we will guide attendees through the process of writing a proposal to start a FIRST Robotics team. We will address common concerns and obstacles, including how to secure continuing funding, how to recruit and train staff & volunteers, team management & retention tactics, and planning for sustainability. Attendees will get a hands-on crash course in robot building & programming, leading a research project, and the FIRST Core Values.
Additional Supporting Materials
- How FIRST Robotics programs can support the mission of informal educational organizations and provide 21st century skills to youth.
- How to manage the administrative and logistical issues that may arise during implementation of FIRST programs and develop a sustainable program.
- How to build and program a basic robot, direct an engineering research project, and manage a team of youth ages 9-14.
- Megan Clark, Youth Services Library Technician, New Braunfels Public Library
- Gina Watts, Information Coordinator, FIRST in Texas
Megan Clark, Youth Svcs Library Technician, New Braunfels Public Library
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