* How Mission Is Accomplished
At the end of each school day, many students are involved with sports-laden extra-curricular activities. They are usually involved in organized athletic leagues. We don’t think robotics should be any different from little league sports, which is why our student teams do competitive robotics at TechGarage.
Our Robotics League model isn’t much different from a sports league. Groups of students create their own or are assigned to teams and are assigned a challenge. Team members create and program robots so they can execute the required challenges. The league hosts periodic tournaments for teams to compete against each other. The competitive spirit allows students to be engaged as they try to outperform their peers on the field.
AT-RISK STUDENT OUTREACH
TechGarage has addressed the need for increased STEM exposure to at-risk youth and minorities by introducing these students to STEM concepts within their community setting. We’ve successfully scaled our program so students in local community centers can meet, build and program their robots and drones, and practice at their own community centers. These students then come to the TechGarage to show off their skills on competition days. At-risk, teams, like the teams that meet at the Tech Garage are encouraged to meet at least twice per week. We are mindful of the need to have relevant mentors for these program so we recommend and hire our robotics coaches from the College of Engineering at FAU.