Questions we’re exploring

1. Can we create lasting excitement for STEM learning among a more diverse range of students if we package the content differently?

Many STEM fields are working to address diversity issues, like gender disparity, in their workforces. We want to look at why students, in particular girls and other students from marginalized backgrounds, lose interest in STEM and how can we capture and extend the natural curiosity young students have about science and technology.

2. How can we integrate STEM concepts with other subjects to prepare students to solve complex problems in the real world?

For us, the STEM initiative is all about integrating STEM concepts in creative ways to provide students with tools to solve the complex problems of the future. We want to explore how to best prepare teachers to deliver integrated STEM education and what aspects of STEM provide the best foundation for problem solving.

3. 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?


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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