STEM Robotics Workshop Eagle Project

Ethan Ngai, a Boy Scout in Troop 349 of Forest Hills, held a STEM Robotics Workshop for 2nd to 5th graders in Public School 144.   The Workshop was a unique community service project Ethan developed and managed for his advancement to Eagle Scout. 

Photo 1. Line up of robots used by students in the workshop

Photo 1. Line up of robots used by students in the workshop

Ethan is an alumnus of PS144 and has many years of experience with robotics.  He wanted to use the service project as an opportunity to promote STEM in his former school.  This project was unique in many ways as the focus was STEM related and participants were able to get hands-on experience building and coding robots.  The curriculum for the workshop was developed to cater to different age groups to maximize their exposure to various technologies within a short time period without overwhelming them.  The curriculum was also developed with the intention to be reused for similar workshops in the future by Ethan or the school.

Photo 2. Boy Scout volunteers

Photo 2. Boy Scout volunteers

The workshop had overwhelming interest where over 100 students sign up to participate in the first day it was announced.  Due to the high demand, Ethan had to update his program to accommodate additional participants. Ethan, with the help of 25 adult and youth volunteers from multiple Boy Scout troops in the Queens Pathfinder District, carried out the workshop on Nov 15th.   

Photo 3. Participants learning to program in EV3.

Photo 3. Participants learning to program in EV3.

At the workshop, over twenty second & third graders learned to construct and code models using Lego pieces and software WeDo®.   An additional 20 fourth and fifth grade students learned to code, using the EV3 Lego software, to navigate robots intelligently using motors and sensors.  Participants also saw a 3D printer demonstration and drove a remote-controlled competition robot.  For some students, this was their first experience with robotics.  Overall, the Workshop went smoothly and received positive feedback from both students and parents.

Photo 4. Participant driving a remote controlled robot

Photo 4. Participant driving a remote controlled robot

Ethan Ngai, a Boy Scout in Troop 349 of Forest Hills, held a STEM Robotics Workshop for 2nd to 5th graders in Public School 144.   The Workshop was a unique community service project Ethan developed and managed for his advancement to Eagle Scout.