Jumpstart Program Cohort II underway!
Jumpstart Fellowship Program
We created the Jumpstart Fellowship Program (completing its initial pilot year in 2021) to provide opportunities for diverse Massachusetts high school girls to learn about careers in robotics and develop their professional networks through direct engagement with industry professionals. The curriculum exposes young women to the many technical skills in areas that are included in the robotics industry, from programming to design and simulation, to hands-on building, prototyping and testing. The goal is to to help develop a more inclusive technical workforce by preparing diverse talent in high school to pursue careers in STEM and robotics.
We experienced great success with our Cohort 1, and have expanded the program. We have accepted 20 students for Cohort 2 and kicked off with an orientation session in December 2021 and the program will run from January to mid-May 2022, followed by internships at local robotics companies. (Preference was given to Boston residents – junior / senior girls in high school) Learn more about the program in our blog post here.
MassRobotics Girls Jumpstart Program Cohort 1:
MassRobotics STEM goals
Our goal is to reach students, educators, and families, and help them learn about a different aspect of robotics, from coding to electronics. We aimed to provide ideas for educators on how to incorporate robotics into their curriculum and to provide families and students information on tools and resources available. Here are some robotic STEM kits – Enjoy these webinar recordings:
Meet Root – iRobot Education’s Coding Robot
Root is a powerful learning tool backed with an extensive library of lessons and activities designed to engage students of all ages: from pre-readers to flourishing programmers. Paired with the easy-to-use iRobot Coding App supported across all platforms and a virtual simulator to support remote learning.
In this introductory session, covers how to get started right away, how iRobot Coding can integrate seamlessly into a blended classroom, and how to introduce coding to students of all ages. A Bonus: You can also follow along at home and code using the simulation mode!
Create with littleBits – Electronic Building Blocks
Spark your students’ imagination and inspire their creativity with LittleBits. LittleBits makes it easy to demonstrate how technology in the real world actually works, with simple input and block components. You don’t have to have a background in STEM or coding.
At MassRobotics we use LittleBits to teach the next generation of engineers how to make robots. Students begin by creating real-time interactions between sensors and actuators before learning how to add program logic. Soon they can turn their ideas into reality with these electronic building blocks.
Soft Robotics Toolkit – Prototype, Innovate, Design
SoftRobotics.IO is a community-centered development platform and ecosystem of tools and resources for soft robotics prototyping, innovation, and design. The Toolkit was developed as part of educational research being undertaken in the Harvard Biodesign Lab with the aim to advance the field of soft robotics by allowing designers and researchers to build upon each other’s work.
Learn about the Soft Robotics Toolkit and the collection of shared resources to support the design, fabrication, modeling, characterization, and control of soft robotic devices. The Toolkit includes an open source fluidic control board, detailed design documentation describing a wide range of soft robotic components (including actuators and sensors), and related files that can be downloaded and used in the design, manufacture, and operation of soft robots. In combination with low material costs and increasingly accessible rapid prototyping technologies such as 3D printers, laser cutters, and CNC mills, the Toolkit enables soft robotic components to be produced easily and affordably.
BrainCo STEM Kit – Prosthetics Technology
BrainCo’s Dexus prosthetic has empowered amputees around the world with cutting edge technology. Based on this tech and its social mission, BrainCo has modified this into a classroom solution that introduces students to the intersection of engineering, artificial intelligence, programming and more with seeking out and solving real world challenges. The BrainCo STEM Hand Base Set includes ready to build hardware, motors, controllers, sensors, IR Remote, cables and more with full curriculum access and a block-based programming platform.
Learn about this award winning Dexus prosthetic and the STEM kit that brings this technology and mission to students around the world.