Diversity and Inclusion in Robotics

  • Location
    Durham, North Carolina
  • Status

The Problem

Our wish for this project and overall mission is to make robotics available to all high school students at no cost to them, ensuring that no one is excluded (due to financial hurdles) from a critical opportunity for development in leadership, teamwork and technical STEM skills. Our project is still in need of funds to supply transportation, registration fees and more to students to ensure that we can achieve our goal. Ultimately we see that this mini grant will give us the needs to initiate change and growth in the community through the details explained in our plan of action.

Our Plan

In order to put our plan into action, the team of mentors (consisting of 10 college students from North Carolina State University and Duke University) has been dedicating time to both prepare, plan and execute lessons that focus on students' development in leadership, teamwork, and technical skills. These lessons have been occurring on Saturday's (for about four hours) since October, 2016. Our early lessons have been preparing us for competition season. Now, we plan to go after school and on Saturdays to the high school to oversee and assist the building of the robot. We also plan to continue our emphasis on diversity awareness through diversity workshops and discussions. These will aid in achieving our goals for inclusion beyond solely income and participation on the team.

Themes Addressed

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The Benefit

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