Bringing Robotics To Lee's Summit Girl Scouts
August 24, 2013
Getting to build a robot with the Broncobots
By Brian Cox of The Broncobots
The Broncobots, our robotics team based out of Lee’s Summit North High School, aims to spread one message to all. We consistently work to extend science and technology across the community, mainly to both kids and teens. On Friday, August 2nd and Sunday, August 4th, members of our team reached out to Camp Prairie Schooner. Working with the Girl Scouts was a pleasure, seeing their reactions to the experiments and the robots we brought them.
To start off our trip, we had several activities for the 4th graders. These included creating 3-D glasses, learning about centrifugal force, and inventing games on computers. As for the 1st - 3rd graders, they had several science experiments. Using balloons and pepper, they learned about static electricity. A soda geyser and medicine bottles made fun out of chemical reactions. The best part was dinosaur snot, a homemade, gooey substance that the kids could play with. Once we got to the 5th graders, it was all about robotics. We wanted to teach them about safety, robots in today’s world, and how they’re made. Using our summer camp game, Arctic Attack, they created small robots and competed on the field. Their goal was to score points in three zones on the field using fake ice cubes. Depending where they scored, they could earn 1, 2, or 4 points each. They even had the option to gain 10 points by moving a stuffed polar bear into its igloo. Building and using the robots was very fun for the girls and our team.
The happiness and laughter from this event was a gift to the Broncobots. It is one of the many reasons we do what we do. Science and technology is great to spread throughout the community. As always, every day is a great day to be a Broncobot.