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My goal is to encourage minority boys to explore a career in Mechanical Engineering. I want them to learn to love putting together a robot and achieve the satisfaction that comes with seeing a multi-step project through to completion.

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Jabil Future Engineers of America!

School:
Thurgood Marshall Middle School 
Subject:
Technology 
Teacher:
Lois McKee 
Students Impacted:
20 
Grade:
6-8 
Date:
September 8, 2021

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Only $697.40 Needed

 

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Goal

My goal is to encourage minority boys to explore a career in Mechanical Engineering. I want them to learn to love putting together a robot and achieve the satisfaction that comes with seeing a multi-step project through to completion. 

 

What will be done with my students

Future Engineers of America!
I would like to order 20 robot building kits for my 5000 Role Model students to increase interest and awareness of Mechanical Engineering. Because each robot takes about 3 to 4 hours to build, we will be watching the how-to videos and reading directions together step by step for the building portion. This is a project that will touch on multiple academic areas including math, science, and reading. In addition, each boy in the 5000 Role Model club will have their own robot to put together, interact with once a month during our meetings, and then take home at the end of the school year. This is a project that will help my students increase their growth mindset by showing them they can stick to a project and see it through to completion. In addition, it will teach them patience and give them the confidence to tackle a multi-step project. Because this kit is designed for students ages 8+ I think it will be the perfect fit for the boys as an introductory robotics package. Total cost for the project is $697.40. Thank you for your interest in funding the “Future Engineers of America” project!
 

 

Benefits to my students

- Develop an interest in robotics and engineering
-Build grit and endurance of multi-step project
-Allow them to develop pride in their accomplishment and share it with friends and family
-Fun - they will have fun with friends in our after school club
 

 

Describe the Students

My students are mostly African American - all boys - in grades 6-8. Some students excel academically but some are struggling students. I have one student who stutters and has a 504 Plan. Since my 8th graders left, I'm not sure who my incoming 6th grades are yet and what their needs might be this year. My students come from a mix of socioeconomic backgrounds and family structures. They are eager to learn and enjoy spending time with each other after school. Last year they put together drones (provided by an Education Foundation grant) and we flew them outside during our club meetings. Some of the boys even checked them out on weekends and for the summer. That was such a positive experience that I wanted to try something else this year to get them excited about technology! 

 

Budget Narrative

I would like to purchase 20 Robotic Building Kits
Amazon Description: Robot Building Kit, Remote & APP Controlled STEM Learning Educational Science Building Toys for Kids Ages 8+, New 2021 (392 Pieces)
I also would need 2 AAA batteries for each remote.
Each student will be building his own robot individually and will be allowed to check it out on the weekends and to take it home at the end of the school year.
 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 20 Robot Building Kits $663.20
2 2 packs AAA batteries (for remotes) $34.20
  Total: $697.40

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