University of Idaho Extension Robotics
University of Idaho Extension Robotics is a progressive pipeline of K-12 educational robotics programs. This pipeline includes competitive and non-competitive programs. Participants may get involved through a 4-H club, after-school program, in the classroom, and through a variety of other cooperating organizations. The University of Idaho Extension office is the official FIRST® Partner responsible for managing Jr. FIRST® LEGO® League, FIRST® LEGO® League & the FIRST® Tech Challenge programs in Idaho.
All Idaho youth have opportunities to experience the excitement of science, technology, engineering and mathematics as they engage in authentic, real-world challenges through an extended series of developmentally appropriate and high quality activities.
To promote, support, and manage a K-12 continuum of interconnected programs to engage K-12 students in authentic, meaningful, and high quality educational science, technology, engineering, and mathematics activities. University of Idaho Extension Robotics pursues its mission by delivering a series of interconnected, developmentally-appropriate robotics programs including: Junior FIRST® LEGO® League (Jr.FLL); 4-H Robotics; FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL); and FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC).
- Increase and retain more students in the STEM pipeline.
- Measureable Outcome: Number of students in University of Idaho Extension Robotics programs over time, number and type of high school math and science courses
- Increase the numbers of students matriculating into science and engineering at the higher education level.
- Measureable Outcomes: Longitudinal tracking of students participating in University of Idaho Extension Robotics activities, their higher education decisions to enroll in science and engineering courses, and the number of youth entering STEM higher education programs.
- Increase development of critical life skills including communication, collaboration, social skills, planning, organizing, time-management, and problem-solving.
- Measureable Outcome: Life skills
- Increase student science and engineering knowledge and skills
- Measureable Outcomes: Student understanding of - the nature of science and engineering, science and engineering principles; Student competence in research skills; model building; computer programming.