First Robotics Canada Team #7013
7013 – ACCN Techtronix
2018 was the rookie year for 25 young men and women whose lives were changed as they engaged in building their robot.
The group did not know what to expect at the beginning of the build season and was pleasantly surprised at the end of this experience.
What Went Well:
The STEM learning is not just for build and competition season but must continue all year round with supports in coding, modelling and STEM related learnings.
The organization is committed to taking the robot in areas of the community where more boys and girls will have an opportunity to learn all the fun ways in which they can become involved in STEM.
ACCN’s objectives for the 25 students were met. Going forward, we realize that it is important to start with younger students with FLL so that STEM involvement is a natural part of their learning.
The organization understands that many kids just need a boost to be placed on the right trajectory so that they can unleash their untapped potential. Involvement in FRC is just one example. This video is an example of why we do what we do $100 Race
What Could Have Been Executed Better:
"As a fierce advocate of STEM learning in my children, through University camps, private programs, tutors and enriched programming at home, I am acutely aware of the unique benefits the Techtronix program has to offer.
Throwing money at issues in the black community will not work without a principled based approach that imprints pathways to success in young minds. The many sub-cultures in the black community often focus on arts and entertainment, leaving vast swaths of brain power under developed. My pre-teen is thriving in this type of program.
In Daniel Pink’s 2005 book ‘A Whole New Mind’ both right and left-brain thinking are key to future success. This is evidenced by self driving technology, electronic assistants, and artificialintelligence, it’s the quintessential marriage of art and technology.
This program provides a hands-on introduction into problem analysis, strategizing for problem solving, design and execution, manufacturing, assembly, critical thinking and project management through doing right from the start. A healthy by-product of all this are engaged parents who themselves may be learning more about how to shape their child's learning opportunity.
The intersection of ACCN with First Robotics and Ryerson creates a deep and interactive learning experience that also encourages personal growth in our young people and theexploration of their ability; this is preparation for a future that won’t leave themmarginalized but guided on how to achieve their potential.
ACCN’s forward thinking and collaborative partnerships is an excellent principle-based model designed for successful outcomes and should be shared with other community based groups that are similarly aligned."
Thank you, Arlene .