The Walt Whitman Robotics Club is currently seeking community partners and sponsors to help expand our reach to more students and schools throughout Southern Maryland. We want every student in Southern Maryland on a path that leads to friendship, school spirit, technical education, and a bright future after graduation from high school through after school and summer robotics programs.
Robotics programs give high school students an opportunity to gain hands-on experience with science and technology. These include opportunities in computer programming, electrical engineering, physics, pneumatics, and structural engineering. In addition, Robotics lets students apply knowledge they gain in their school classes to real world applications, gives them experience working one-on-one with professional engineers to solve complex problems, and teaches them business skills and communications skills.
The Walt Whitman Robotics Club is lead by over 10 volunteer engineers, scientists, grad students, parents, teachers and people from the community who want to give back and helps kids see STEM as fun and not just homework. In our last year we worked with over 40 high school students and have seen enough of a change in how these kids think that we are smitten with the idea of using robotics competitions to make learning fun.
Running these programs is not cheap, and building robots that can actually move when is not easy. For example, at the High School level, programs are charged a $1,500 fee for the kit of parts and an additional $5,000 fee for each event they plan to attend. So it is with that reality that we are turning to the community and Leaders like you to help us get the funding we need to make these teams possible.
With your assistance we can;
- Continue to assist the Walt Whitman students we are working with over the summer and the 2015-2016 school year
- Get more students and schools involved in robot competitions and STEM activities at all levels
- Participate in events across the region to spread the word about your involvement and the opportunities available for students with the hopes of connecting students with professionals from all kinds of technical fields.
- Build a Southern Maryland STEM, robotics lab and science work space so that the lack of manufacturing training in the region can be back filled by hands on machining training by experienced volunteer machinists.
We are asking for your support in whatever form you can give. We will gratefully accept any monetary donations that you are able to give us. We can also use machining/manufacturing services, donations of raw building materials or hardware components, and volunteer help from both engineering and non‐engineering mentors. If you are interested in helping please contact us for firstname.lastname@example.org more information.
You use technology every day. Just think about what would happen to the modern world if suddenly no one else was interested in becoming a scientist or engineer. Despite the large price tag, the Walt Whitman Robotics Club gives back by educating young students about science and technology and inspiring them to put their skills to use in the real world. Having more students in the our program equates to there being more students who will enjoy studying science, technology, and engineering, as well as more students who will merely go to college. Please support us to help ensure the existence of future technological advancements while giving young people the opportunity to explore a whole new world.