This summer, scholars from Uplift Mighty Middle School and Uplift Atlas Middle School had the opportunity to take part in a hands-on interactive robotics camp thanks to the Melville Family Foundation and Ericsson.
Scholars were able to receive LEGO® Robotics curriculum. Both Uplift Mighty Middle School and Uplift Atlas Middle School were selected to pilot this program consisting of 20 middle school scholars per site. Scholars were directed to sign up online and the spots did not last long as registration was filled almost immediately!
The Melville Family Foundation provided the supplies, Uplift provided the space and scholars, and Ericsson provided all the volunteers and robotics content/lessons. The programs were completely underwritten by the Melville Family Foundation and Ericsson and were provided to our scholars at no cost.
Designed for middle school scholars, the brand-new LEGO® SPIKE Prime Education Set allowed our scholars to engage in a team-based robotics engineering experience. Scholars were introduced to mechanical creation, computer-controlled devices, and software design with drag-and-drop visual coding. Throughout the two-week camp, scholars created prototypes, tested, analyzed, and ultimately improved and completed their designs.
“Our partnership with Ericsson was a very natural and synergistic partnership given we both care about the same things,” said Myles Melville, Director of Operations for the Melville Family Foundation.” “Addressing food insecurity, providing opportunities in the underserved black and brown communities, academic excellence, and connecting communities and people with STEM are all part of the shared vision and impact we can have in communities.”
The pilot program aimed to expand the mind and aspirations of the scholars who participated as they were able to be immersed in the world of robotics and got a taste of STEM-related careers.
“Our vision is to continue to ignite the learning spark by providing more opportunities in the future for Uplift scholars via our partnership with Ericsson,” said Myles Melville.
Be on the lookout for some sights and sounds from robotics camp in an upcoming newsletter and blog!