The Robotics Club engages middle school Latino and immigrant youth in hands-on STEM enrichment, teaching middle school students to design, construct, and program robots to fuel their interests in STEM professions. In the longer-term, the Robotics Club is the first stage of an innovative “pipeline” approach to supporting students’ college & career readiness. The high-tech nature of the program attracts students during the middles school years, which research shows is a critical time to develop and retain STEM confidence.
Our STEM-focused ELP Robotics Club is offered for free to youth in grades 6-8, and after the first year in the program, students can choose to return for a second year to participate in local and regional robotics competitions and work on developing more advanced skills. The curricula used by this program have been vetted by the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy and align with Common Core standards.
Students in year one meet twice weekly for 1.5 hours per session during the fall semester to work through the LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 curriculum. In the Spring, students meet only once per week, and work on developing more advanced skills to prepare for our in-house competition at the end of the school year.
Students in year two use the fall semester to hone their skills and prepare for local and regional FIRST Lego League competitions in small teams of four to six, coached by a staff member or volunteer, to develop creative solutions to real-world problems. Previous challenges have included topics like re-imagining infrastructure projects to withstand natural disasters or designing robots to help people with physical disabilities perform everyday tasks. These competitions encourage students to blend technical skills with creative problem-solving, connecting classroom lessons with tangible, real life applications. In the Spring, students work in teams of two to practice engineering and coding skills using VEX IQ robots and curriculum.
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ELP I is the best summer option for you
Our ELP I Summer 2020 session will start on July 6th and will finish on July 27th.
Flexible schedules? Of course! Everyone will meet on Mondays (6th, 13th, 20th, 27th) at whichever time is most convenient because we will always have 2 opportunities to join us. The other 4 zoom calls can be scheduled at any time during the rest of the week, so that mentors and small teams of leaders can get together for contests, workshops, designing smart pieces or mini projects, and many more fun activities.
Each meeting will be 45 minutes long (except for the first meeting, which will be an hour long) because we have so much to share and do with our leaders and mentors!
What can be expected of the leadership program?
Where to begin? The leadership program is meant to match mentors and youth on a four-week journey where a fully interactive environment is the perfect place to develop communication and leadership skills through practical experience. What are the takeaways of the four week program?
- Part 1: Young empowered high school students who find the self-exploration exercises very useful in acknowledging their talents and strengths.
- Part 2: Once empowered, our youth discover ways to articulate their language and are ready to voice that to the world.
- Part 3: With these new tools, our youth is better equipped and can pave the path towards higher education.
- Part 4: Our youth acquire a holistic training based on a balanced mix between life skills (non cognitive characteristics) and better knowledge of college and career readiness.
Our ELP I program is thought out to map learning progressions throughout the workshops. With these outcomes, our leaders will be ready to join our ELP II program in their senior year! But, first things first: Welcome to the ELP I summer experience! Please sign up below.
Rising high school seniors who complete ELP I are eligible for ELP II, a free year-long program supporting seniors during their college application process through weekly one-on-one coaching and mentoring services. Mentors provide feedback on college essays, ensure youth meet submission requirements, and help students apply for financial assistance. From September through January, students receive support with college applications and, from February through June, students receive support with financial aid and scholarship applications.
As part of this program, students are also required to engage in their community in Northern Virginia. Edu-Futuro delivers a civic engagement curriculum for the ELP II students, with the goal of teaching students about advocacy and service. Furthermore, in order to graduate from this program, students must complete at least 8 hours of community service.
As the third and last component of this program, Edu-Futuro offers monthly workshops focused on the students’ preparation for college life. This series of workshops intends to reduce the anxiety about the transition from high school to college, make sure students know about the resources that are available to them in college, and provide practical skills that can be helpful for their personal and academic development.
Applications for ELP II are open to rising seniors that have completed ELP I, from August 1st to August 31st at 11:59 pm. Please note that late applications will not be accepted.
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