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.
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.
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.
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.