Reaching out to the very youngest of our community to spread the message of STEM is one of our most favorite things to do. Everything is new to these young kids and their excitement reminds us of how much fun we have when we build robots and discover something new ourselves.
During the 2012-2013 season we implemented Story Time, a new program designed to engage K-4th grade students and introduce them to robotics. During our visits to the local elementary schools we talk about theater, writing creative stories, safety, building robots, and our robotics team. The highlight of our visit though is when we read our favorite story, Benjamin McFadden and the Robot Babysitter, a fun story about a boy left at home with his robot babysitter and the mayhem that occurs. The children are delighted when things don’t quite go as Benjamin plans.
The children and teachers are invited to visit our competitions to see a real robot that our team has built and programmed to have fun. “How many robots do you know that can throw Frisbees, climb pyramids, play soccer and basketball?” we ask. “What would you program your robot to do?”
Some of the answers are quite creative!