Time: 2:40 PM – 4:20 PM
Leveraging FIRST Robotics Programs as a way to build community coalitions, positively impact educators and students, and connect to communities to address a vast array of community needs. The FIRST Ethos encourages relationship building with community partners in ways that positively impact the people and prosperity of a community. FIRST is not just about building and programming robots, it is about preparing a new generation of thinkers, connected to their community to help reshape the world.
This session will:
* detail FIRST Pre-K-12 Programming,
* describe and outline FIRST in Michigan’s (FIM) unprecedented growth, how FIM has created an ecosystem where programs are reaching nearly every community in Michigan,
* detail the FIRST Ethos that encourages and supports the development of community coalitions that react to, and support a wide range of business and industry needs, as well as outreach to address unique micro and macro community social and economic needs
* share examples of some of the most impactful programs and partnerships throughout Michigan communities.
The format of this session will utilize Google Slides, and will include stories from the field, anecdotal information, short videos, demonstrations, lessons learned and will include time for a question answer segment. Sample robots will be a part of the presentation, where audience members will get a chance to get an up close, hands-on look at some of the technology that assists in changing the lives of those it engages. Stories will include ways in which students, programs and communities have overcome tremendous odds to thrive and create a dynamic ecosystem, where failures are celebrated as a way to evolve, where learning is championed and where community coalitions are built and thrive.