Thanks to a generous grant from Wayne Metro Community Action Agency, we are pleased to present EdVenture Into Robotics. This traveling program is offered free of charge to community groups on Detroit's East Side who serve low income youth ages 8 and up.
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Would you like to host a single-day robotics workshop?
Are you looking for a full summer program that meets frequently?
We can bring a fun and educational event to your location. A single-day workshop is 2 - 3 hours long. A full summer program can be customized to fit the unique schedule of your facility. Space requirements are minimal. If students have enough room to play with Legos, then EdVenture Into Robotics is a perfect fit. 10 - 20 students is ideal, and 30 is the maximum size.
EdVenture into Robotics is a summer and after-school program for youth ages 8 and up. The goal of this program is to bridge the STEM gap by introducing young people to design and computational thinking through hands-on learning experiences. EdVenture covers the five foundations of robotics education including structure, motion, power, logic and control. Materials are age appropriate, and activities are focused on cooperative learning. Students will delve into STEM education with the Edison V2.0 robot - a palm sized, bright orange robot that is compatible with Lego bricks. This workshop is appropriate for beginners or advanced students.
EdVenture is divided into three sections:
You're a Controller:
Edventure begins with an introduction to robotic sensors. Students learn how to control the Edison robot by clapping their hands, using a flashlight beam, or even an old DVD remote. This section can be a single day workshop.
You're a Programmer:
The next challenge is to write code. Students use an Android app to drag and drop instructions for the robot. In just a few lessons, an 8 year old can learn the fundamentals of computer programming and computational thinking. Advanced students may experiment with a Python based language.
You're a Builder:
Last, students combine Legos with the Edison robot to build a real printer that they can program to draw pictures. Students will be able to experiment and create their own robotic inventions.
Every step of the way, students learn by doing - through play and experimentation. Edventure Into Robotics introduces youth to robotics, engineering, and computer programming in an immersive STEM environment.
About the instructor:
Nadine Gizak is the CEO of Community Robotics of Metro Detroit, an experienced robotics mentor, play advocate and parent of a computer programmer. She believes that the well being of society begins with the well being of children. Her motto is, "Always leave a place nicer than you found it."
Community Robotics of Metro Detroit is a Seeding Wayne County Mini-Grant recipient. Funding for program materials is provided by Wayne Metro Community Action Agency. Current partners include Detroit Friendship House. Please use the form below to learn more.