Prof. Bill Johnson Scottsdale Community College, Scottsdale, Arizona.
Scottsdale Community College students have been/are being used to mentor kids age 8-12 in Lego robotics at different youth organizations in the local community. The goal of the program is to promote interest in math/science/engineering/programming. The initial phase of the program emphasizes robotic basics (building/programming robots and using the different sensors to accomplish simple challenges). In the second phase, kids are introduced to more advanced building/programming techniques and/or are mentored for FLL competition. To date, ~ 29 kids at the Scottsdale Rose Lane Branch Boys/Girls Club have gone through the basic robotics sessions. Four kids from the initial class competed in the 2008 AZ FLL Competition. This talk will summarize the learning experiences that were obtained and outline some of the key factors for a successful growing program.