STEM Expo PreparationTags: Connect, Motivate, MXP, and Outreach
Task: Plan for the DISD STEM Expo
Tomorrow, Iron Reign along with members from the other 3 teams, is participating in the DISD STEM Expo for our third year. As we have done for the past 2 years, we are bringing the Mobile Learning Experience Lab to the event area in Kay Bailey Hutchinson Center. The purpose of this event is to connect with children in the DISD Area by helping them a foster an appreciation for engineering and the sciences. With the support of the Dallas City of Learning, a non-profit organization operated by Big Thought which helps schedule The Mobile Learning Experience. As part of the event, Iron Reign will have a featured exhibit within the MXP. To maximize event productivity, we will be working alongside volunteers from Microsoft and Best Buy who will help us ensure that the exhibit runs smoothly.
As part of the exhibit, we will have events similar to those hosted as part of STEM Spark! This includes the LEGO Mindstorm Sumo Robots Event as well as our 3D Printing Keychains activity. In the LEGO Mindstorm Activity our primary purpose is to reach out to students with little to no FIRST Exposure by giving them the opportunity to block program a miniature robot of their own. Considering the fact that the focus of FLL is LEGO Robots, this activity will help get participants involved in FLL. Since FIRST encompasses code, build and an overall inclination towards learning a new STEM concept, we hope to spark an interest to both STEM and FIRST among the attendees of the event.Our second feature is a 3D Modelling activity. This activity allows participants to model their own keychains using one of the four 3D-printers stocked in the MXP. Since this activity gave students the opportunity to customize their keychain, it will promote avid participant interest towards the idea of 3D Modelling.
At the end of the day, modelling and coding are two of the many aspects encompassed in STEM, and more importantly, FIRST. In introducing these activities, we hope to promote a student initiative in FIRST Robotics. And who knows - tomorrow, we might just meet the future members of Iron Reign.