As part of its initiative to expose youth to STEM-related fields, YWCA Princeton piloted a Robotics Outreach Program with Princeton Community Village (PCV) in 2017. The program returned once again for this summer with a week-long fun and educational session. The outreach program was designed for children in grades 4 – 9, who are interested in STEM topics.
The students were taught how to build and program LEGO NXT Robots by instructor Al Liang, a PICS (Princeton Internships in Civic Service) Intern from Princeton University. Over the course of the week, students bonded through icebreaker activities and built an assortment of impressive robots both in groups and individually. Among the robots the students built and programmed, were two robot dogs pulling a sleigh, a to-scale robot puppy, a ball roller coaster, a catapult, and a top spinner. The students were also given the chance to be creative and design their own robots. Some of the robots they designed and built themselves included a breakdancing robot, battle-bots, racing-bots, and more! All the students enjoyed the sessions which sparked their interest in STEM and Robotics fields.
Have a budding scientist or engineer at home with an insatiable hunger to learn new concepts, build objects and program them? YWCA Princeton’s Robotics Programs are the perfect way to spark your child’s passion for STEM!