Faculty Advisor

Stafford, Kenneth A.

Abstract

Robokids is a STEM outreach program run by WPI students who mentor children of ages 7-14 from Worcester Friendly House. They come every week for a two-hour session to work on hands-on STEM-related activities. Although Robokids has existed since 2006, its dependency on a single student leader and the attendance inconsistency of the children needed improvement. The goal of this IQP was the design of a curriculum that was enjoyable, engaging, sustainable, expandable, and shareable. Research was conducted to gather expert knowledge in order to design a set of STEM activities with their lesson plans. Activities were implemented and analyzed through feedback collected from students, mentors, and researchers. Finally, a how-to guide book was created to serve as the new curriculum for the program.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2013

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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