In rural America the "digital divide" could be described more accurately as the "technical divide." In this presentation we outline the special challenges facing rural youth in gaining access to quality programs, and illustrate how FLL is within reach of even the smallest and poorest communities. By examining one rural partnership, in a case study format, participants will be able to identify previously untapped assets in their own communities. Because robotics programs are virtually unknown in most rural areas, special attention is paid to strategies for attracting youth, gaining support from parents and recruiting volunteers.
The Robotics Resource Center at WPI is designed to provide support to on-campus and off-campus activities and groups for projects and competitive robotics. The RRC hosts a number of robotics events each year, provides guidance and materials for student projects, and supports the Robotics Engineering major. The staff consists of Ken Stafford, Brad Miller, and Colleen Shaver.
Building Rural FLL Programs Through Partnerships
Presentation given by Toni Wilcox and Jan Derdowskias part of the 2009 FIRST Robotics Conference sponsored by Rolls-Royce and WPI.