Students learn about engineering in a practical, hands-on way. They design the robot using computer-aided designing and drafting software (CAD), build it and program it, carefully documenting each step.
“I really enjoyed learning all the new skills that being on this FTC team has taught me. I’ve learned how to do CAD and other programming skills,” said SHS sophomore Owen Cummins.
Students also gain business skills – they fundraise, write strategic plans, learn how to use social media responsibly and effectively and improve their presentation skills.
“FIRST robotics helps kids learn valuable STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills, but they also learn it’s about more than just the robot. They learn valuable entrepreneurship skills and how to market themselves and their ideas,” Gridley said. “Learning about crowdfunding and social media this year has been invaluable for the kids on the team in terms of growth and maturity, as well as being a key part of helping them realize their creative vision when it comes to building their robot.”
So far, the team of 10 students has raised about $2,500 and hopes to raise an additional $2,500. Edco matches donations with STEM Power Grants provided by various companies to support engineering education, so donations have double the impact.
For more information or to donate, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://springboro.ed.co/emc2.