Self-Growth In STEM-Focused Learning
On May 27 and 28, 2017, female students from FIRST Robotics Teams across Ontario attended the Inaugural Girls In STEM Conference by FIRST Robotics Canada.
Amelia Singh, a Grade 9 member of FRC 5719 - Pink Titans, attended. She and other girls listened to inspirational guest speakers. As well, Amelia participated in team-building activities that fostered inspiration and confidence in pursuing dreams and goals.
Mar. 15, 2017. Members of FRC 5719 - Pink Titans practice driving at the Robodrome in Hamilton, Ontario. Thank you FRC 4039 and FRC 5406 for your hospitality and support of FRC teams in Ontario!
The challenge was similar to one of a robotics competition in that students abiding to a set of strict rules to achieve a goal. Team members demonstrated key STEM-focused skills:
- Critical-thinking in connecting what is known (goal, rules, time, resources, skills of literacy and math) what what needs to be known, then devising a plan to follow through.
- Creativity in planning to achieve the goal within the parameters of the rules, time, and resources available.
- Communication to each other, ensuring that roles (identification and accountability) tasks, progress, and all time-lines were understood.
- Collaboration to ensure that time-lines were met by assessing individual progress, then delegating individuals to assist to attain short-term goals timely.
Oct. 31, 2015. Members attended the SWATposium, hosted by Team 771 of the FIRST Robotics Competition in Oakville, Ontario. Workshops attended included very useful information on mechanical systems, drive trains, writing business plans, sponsorships and finances, and tips for success for new teams.