From Our Editors
Although Stemotics is an robotics organization, it doesn't have a complicated, jargon-y mission statement. Instead, its goal is simple: help children explore their potential and develop life skills. By building and programming machines, boys and girls sharpen their mathematical and creative thinking; refine their motor skills; and get a positive, confidence-boosting sense of accomplishment.
Along the way, they learn about STEM-related fields in small class groups (no more than 10 kids) from instructors who have experience in both robotics and working with children. Programs include afterschool and weekend courses, school-break camps, and special competitive teamwork.
- For ages 5–8: They can build and program both whimsical and functional robots with Lego kits, including one that teaches them about renewable energy. Another option is creating animations and games with the MIT-developed Scratch programming language.
- For ages 9–14: More advanced kits from Lego and other makers allow kids to build robots with sophisticated technical elements. They can work on digital modeling to create 3D-printed objects, or build circuit boards and miniature computers with Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and other products.