goIT is designed to provide students from different neighborhoods, schools, and ethnic backgrounds the ability to learn about robotics, programming, and html coding. The students, aged between 11-15, were shy and nervous at the beginning of the program. Ice breakers did the job. First, each student said their name, school, grade, and favorite hobby. Next, we created a Code of Conduct that provided the students with a sense of what should and what shouldn’t be done while we are in the program. Then, the students determined the difference between software and hardware through their favorite hobbies. It was determined that hardware is what you see and touch and software is what makes it work. For instance, in sports software is strategy and hardware is strength. They also figured out the hardware and software of video-games, writing, and music. Finally, the day ended with a reflection of how everyone did during group activities.
The code of conduct is a set of standards that are made up at the beginning of every Project Exploration Program. The C.O.C. has always been created by the students participating within the program. There are guidelines everyone must follow such as being respectful of our environment, those around us and things we aren’t really aware of. The students created the code of conduct with ease because most of the codes are things that they live by every day, especially, when in school. The code of conduct also stands for friendship, no profanity, encourage others, don’t be afraid to voice your opinion and no question is silly. The students within goIT are true technicians and engineers.
On the very first day the students began to build their robots. The goIT volunteers brought Lego Mindstorm Robots that the groups had to build on their own. Each group had to figure out strategies and techniques in order to help them build the robots not only fast but in the correct form (and yes they did use the instruction manual to help). The first team finished was the Joshuas’. Their names formed due to the fact that there were three gentlemen named Joshua on one team. Each team did well. They went in building the robot as a team and finished as a team. The second place was for the P.R. Blaze whose strategy was to divide their tasks evenly. Each person in the groups had something that helped contribute to the completion of their robots. I would say that goIT helped bring out the inner engineer in each student and I hope that they carry on with what they did here through life. More to come on goIT Spring break…