Engineer’s Week: RoboSlam with a Twist

Our students did an amazing job leading this robotics workshop for teens!

RoboSlam

For this month’s big RoboSlam event–provided to students from more than three Dublin schools as part of Engineer’s Week–our volunteer staff team did something a little different. We recruited some of the most energetic electrical and electronics engineering students form DIT and then, on Friday and Monday, we gave them training on how to lead a RoboSlam workshop.

When Tuesday morning came along, our engineering students were in top form. They led the robot-building and coding workshop for 37 secondary school students, and they did it with amazingly little help from their engineering teachers.

DIT student facilitators The heroes of the day: DIT’s RoboSlam student facilitators with robotics gurus Ted Burke and Damon Berry (the two in the RoboSlam t-shirts)

Things went so well, in fact, that the secondary school students were far ahead of schedule when they broke for lunch. So the student facilitators stayed behind and worked with Ted to hatch a plan for new coding challenges that…

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  1. What a great idea! It looks like some of the volunteer engineering students are women. I wonder what impact, if any, this experience (of successful engagement as engineering students) has on them in terms of their being more (or less) likely than before to remain in engineering. The question:
    Can involvement in providing leadership in RoboSlam events increase female engineering students’ motivation to remain in engineering? The answer could be drawn from before- and-after interviews, etc.

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