We had the opportunity to teach and inspire 120 educators and administrators from 40 school districts across Southern California. If they each educate 30 students, and then each kid tells 4 people how exciting math and science are, then our impact by the end of the school year will be 14,440 people…and in five years that will be almost 60,000 people we’ve inspired!
taught them about the importance of lunar exploration and how math can be fun
to learn when using robotics. We made them laugh and cheer by showing them the
science behind how robots can sense their environments. It was so funny to watch them crawl around on the floor.
more really awesome STEM videos
Here are the other videos of what we taught, what we did, and who we interviewed at the 2011 STEM Service Learning Institute.
Mikie gave a funny presentation about the ultra-sonic sensor, how it works, and how we use them in earth robotics but can't in space. Want to know why? Click play!!!
Harrison describes how variables work in programming by linking decibels to robot speed. Wanna make your robot move using your voice? Then we have a video for you!
Harrison does math in his head and explains how knowing the circumference of your robot's wheels will help you determine the distance that your robot will travel with each rotation. So get moving and watch the show!
Mikie decided to take a stab at being a videographer after Day 3 of the 2011 Southern California STEM Service-Learning Institute. We give him props for his great questions and giggle at his very obvious technical issue. Great job Mikie!
i.am.FIRST - Science is Rock n' Roll...Post-Event
What an incredible time this was! We invited the entire community to come to Buffalo Wild Wings for the premier of i.am.FIRST - Science is Rock'n Roll. Thanks to Chris we were able to stream East Coast ABC and watched the special three hours early!
It was really cool to see Miss Liberty's reaction to being included in the global special. She is a mentor for FRC Team 3521 - The Noble Nuts and Mikie is their mascot.
During the event we got to speak with principals, community members, and other kids who came down to our STEM Outreach event. We showed off our MoonRover, gave out information about robotics classes, and even took a few extra robots for the other kids to play with. It was a blast!
This is a demonstration of what we did.
Harrison shows off a robot to Mikie.
Harrison tells Mikie about our fundraiser.
Especially when it is to kids who build and program robots.
They have yummy buffalo wings too!
Mikie is going to tell all of his friends.
This is some of the information we shared.
Connect a Million Minds is inspiring the next generation of
problem solvers by connecting kids (like us) to the wonders
of science, technology, engineering and math.
FIRST logo and are used in FIRST Robotics Competitions.
i.am.FIRST - Science is Rock n' Roll- Pre-Event
Join SMaRT Education and X-Treme Team in the banquet room of Buffalo Wild Wings in Palm Desert to see Robots in Action, learn about MoonBots2.0: A Google Lunar X PRIZE LEGO MINDSTORMS Challenge and get ready for the ABC Special "i.am.FIRST - Science is Rock & Roll". Our event is posted here on FaceBook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=144457868971988
Education and inspiration are key underlying goals driving the Google Lunar X PRIZE. One of our missions, and Phase 2 challenges, is to dream, design, build, and implement a community outreach project that will teach other students about space exploration and inspire them toward careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
KICS - Kids Inspiring Communities, is a STEM outreach group founded in 2010 by team member Mikie Bowman. There are currently 13 KICS kids ranging from elementary to college age. Everyone on our MoonBots team is a member of KICS. To date, we have raised over $4,500 to help start rookie FLL teams! We actively present before education, goverment, and community organizations to further promote our mission of getting kids just as excited as we are about science and technology.
On August 5th Miss Liberty told us that our collaboration with SMaRT Education over the summer has resulted in the following middle schools receiving approval and funding for LEGO MINDSTORMS kits and software to teach Robotics electives in 2011/2012 school year: Nellie Kaufman MS, Desert Springs MS, Colonel Mitchell Paige MS, Thomas Jefferson MS!
Rookie Teams we started this summer: 12 FIRST LEGO League, 2 FIRST Tech Challenge
Not only that...but just hours after our live mission webcast we received the most awesome email from Rick Sisk. Libby Kamen (yes, THAT Libby Kamen) would like to interview our team about MoonBots for the Lets Talk FIRST - show that she hosts. It is a pilot program to showcase the incredible outreach efforts of teams like ours. Luckily for you, Miss Calista caught it all on tape.