Questions we’re exploring

1. How do students learn from modifying existing robots, rather than making new ones?

Creating new robots is fun, exciting, and well studied. Our robotics program looks more at how students would modify and change existing systems to perform new roles or explore new concepts.

2. Does working with robots get students to think globally about solving problems with technology?

Robots bring unique abilities to solve complex and hazardous problems. How do students think about what robots can do, and do they see themselves working on robots that solve the world’s problems in the future?

3. Can we use robotics to create lasting excitement for technology among a more diverse range of students?

Many technology fields are working to reduce diversity issues, like gender disparity, in their workforces. Robotics clubs around the world are pulling in students of all types, and we want to understand what it is about robotics that is so popular, and see if we can apply what we find to other tech fields.


Elementary Lego and Robotics

As part of our work focused on after school programming, we partnered with an elementary school in the greater Seattle area to run a Lego building club for early elementary students (kindergarten and first grade) and a Lego Robotics club for intermediate elementary students (grades 4, 5 and 6). This report covers what the students learned from the programs and directions for future research in this area.

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Robotics Fall 2016 Brief

Throughout the fall of the 2016-2017 school year, foundry10 ran robotics programs in a two schools around Seattle: The Nova Project and Seattle Girl’s School. This report covers what we learned from these programs with regards to student confidence with technology, positive risk-taking, and career interest in technology-related fields.

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Program Updates

Sammamish Leads

Are you interested in exploring the career path of an inventor, a programmer, or an engineer? Work with experts from Foundry 10 and the Sammamish High School Robotics Team to build your own Sumo Robot! Your team’s robot will compete in a Sumo tournament at the end of the week. No prior experience with programming, robot building, or engineering required.

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Robotics Gear Review and Recommendations

In our design, we have used the students’ and teachers’ voices to shape our program in an environment that has been strongly influenced by open source philosophies. This list outlines the resources that we have found to be most useful through hands-on use and feedback from everyone involved.

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Student-Led Robotics

In 2016, foundry10 partnered with Seattle Girls' School to offer an introductory robotics course for middle-school students. We were immediately surprised by the drive and skill of the students, many of whom had no prior experience with robotics. They were able to pick up technical skills amazingly fast, and had innovative ideas for new robots that they wanted to build.

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Hilltop Elementary: Optimizing Resources

Resources can be a major limiting factor to enabling students to explore tech-centric fields like robotics. We worked with Hilltop Elementary School to find ways to bring robotics into their classrooms without breaking the bank.

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