Hartford, WI – June 20, 2022, the Hartford Union High School FIRST Robotics Team 1091 kicked off its Engineering Boot Camp for area elementary and middle schoolers at the Jack Russell Library in Hartford.
The four-day program introduces area youth to four areas of engineering: mechanical, computer, biomedical, and aeronautical. Thirty pre-registered children will participate in hands-on activities for two hours each of the four days. The program runs June 20, 21, 23, and 24.
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The Engineering Boot Camp is just one of a handful of programs and activities the HUHS Robotics Team 1091 is leading this summer in partnership with the Jack Russell Library Children’s Department.
In addition to the engineering camp, these HUHS students are also offering a Coding Mini Camp for children 10 to up, July 11, 12, 14, and 15. Pre-registration for this camp begins July 1 at the library. They are also hosting the library’s monthly LEGO build program and adding an engineering challenge component.
Participants not only get to enjoy building creatively with LEGOs, but they also get to learn the science behind the challenges and an opportunity to problem solve in a fun way. July’s engineering challenge is bridges and August’s is ziplines. The team’s increased involvement with community youth is to build more awareness and interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (S.T.E.M.).
As Team 1091 enters their 20th competitive season this fall, they are looking toward the future and want to encourage younger children to explore STEM interests. Partnering with the library is not the only partnership for these students. They also plan to volunteer as junior mentors for the upcoming FIRST LEGO League team set to start in August.