Every Thursday we take a computer programming class into juvenile detention that teaches kids how to code and operate small robots. In this class kids learn basic syntax, key words, programming concepts, how the environment works, what it means to compile, upload & run a program, etc. Each robot consists of an Arduino-compatible microcontroller, a Pololu Zumo-bot and a Sharp distance sensor.
We are proud to partner with Teens at Work in this program. Teens at Work donates laptops for kids to use during the class. In an effort to bring our program to more youth in our community we are needing to purchase 10 more laptops. If you would like to support us in these efforts you can DONATE HERE.
Our kids are learning teamwork and are experiencing the reward of accomplishment and learning a new skill that they can use in the future.
At the end of each session the class has a Robot Wars competition that includes pizza, a certificate of completion and 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize ribbons.
If you would like to volunteer with this program contact Christina at firstname.lastname@example.org. You must be 21 years of age or older and have basic knowledge of computer coding.