The purpose of the club is to engage young minds with science. We believe that STEM outreach must start early! Our tasks are developing exciting lesson plans for elementary school students and running the program in NYC elementary schools and at on/off campus events. We aim for at least half of our events to be held in schools located in inner-city urban communities, aiming to inspire traditionally underrepresented youth to learn about STEM careers and that science can be fun. Most importantly, we want to make the kids excited about learning, tinkering, asking questions, guessing and testing their guesses without fear of being wrong.
At our December 2016 outreach event we taught kindergartners how to think about making art by collaborating with a robot and to build the robot from scratch. Our lesson plan included background in robotics, engineering, and components at the K grade level. Upon finalizing the ArtBot, they made art and we encouraged them to further tinker at home with the components of their robot. We provided an example of this by showing them that when making the off-center weight heavier, the pattern changes from continuous lines to dashed lines or dots. They were mesmerized and excited to play with it and to take it home, looking forward to dismantle it and rebuild it with different components and weights to see what would happen. We think that this activity provided lots of hands-on fun and STEM inspiration for the children.
If you would like to be a member of our club and to be added to our listserv, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our club is open to the entire Tri-I scientific research student community. We always need volunteers for our exciting events. Previous experience with elementary education not necessary, we will go over the lesson plans before events and train you. Please email us if interested.