The Issue: Engaging Students in Science and Math Activities
When students apply themselves in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects in high school, they are more likely to choose to focus on these subjects in college and contribute to science-related fields in the workforce. But schools often have trouble attracting enough students to STEM programs.
The Campaign: Funding Materials for a Youth Robotics Team
If this Grassroots campaign raises $280, then Temecula Preparatory School Team #3453 DEM BOTs can fund the essential materials to begin construction of a robot for the 2012–2013 FIRST Robotics Competition. The materials they need include an aluminum chassis, 8-inch wheels, chain, and CIM motors. Students will learn the fundamentals of robot construction and programming beginning in September, and contributors to this campaign who register their Groupon vouchers will receive emailed updates on the robot’s construction. Each additional $10 raised will go toward purchasing other materials to build the robot, and any funds raised past $2,000 will go towards additional functions and improvements to the robot for this competition season.
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Temecula Preparatory School Robotics Team #3453 DEM BOTs
Temecula Preparatory School Robotics Team #3453 DEM BOTs consists of about 30 high-school students who gather to build robots for regional competitions. The robots are about 3 feet long, 6 feet tall, and weight fewer than 125 pounds, and are programmed to accomplish specific tasks in response to competition challenges. The students meet after school at a local engineering firm to build the robots, where they learn about construction, design, and programming. Participating students also complete outreach activities at local organizations to raise awareness for education in science, technology, engineering, and math.