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Engineering Innovation in After-School Programs

Robot JoustingIn a Saturday afternoon, hands-on session, Engineering Innovation in After-School Programs, presenters demonstrated several successful approaches for engaging school-age audiences in STEM learning.

Participants built cardboard crawlers, simple gearbox and motor robots that are inexpensive enough to solo kids to take home their creations, and tested their programming skills building kaleidoscope machines using Arduino boards. They also tried their hands at Robot Jousting in a demonstration of how competitions can be successful in engaging older elementary and middle school students in engineering.