When the idea for a series of robotics and STEM based workshops was suggested, Team 6643 immediately recognized its potential to help our community. Over the course of four months, members of Team 6643 worked together to secure funding, create comprehensive curriculum, and organize the event itself. With partial primary funding from a United Way Youth as Resources grant, in conjunction with the Boy Scouts of America Three Harbors Council, Team 6643 tested its workshop in a pilot test program on 12/27/17.
At both the beginning and end of our pilot workshop, we asked each participant to fill out a brief survey detailing their knowledge of STEM, robotics, and STEM-related careers and how it changed over the course of the workshop. The workshops saw a 5-point increase in the "Yes" response choice to the question, "How interested are you in a career in STEM or robotics?" in addition to a slight decrease in the "No" responses. These are the results, as presented in graphs. All numbers are taken from the 32 workshop participants.
After reviewing the analytics from this pilot program, Team 6643 has decided to continue to improve its workshop curriculum. In the future, Team 6643 is ambitious to expand its workshop program to handle more students using even more refined curriculum.