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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.

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Learning Objectives

  1. How FIRST Robotics programs can support the mission of informal educational organizations and provide 21st century skills to youth.
  2. How to manage the administrative and logistical issues that may arise during implementation of FIRST programs and develop a sustainable program.
  3. 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 Svcs Library Technician, New Braunfels Public Library

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