SCEN 1020 Communicating Science - Robotics

Students will learn about communicating science by mentoring a middle-school FIRST Lego League (FLL) team, typically on-site as an after school program. FLL provides motivation in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) by requiring middle-school students to design and build a Lego robot and prepare a 5 minute research presentation on the theme of the challenge. Past themes have included Mission Mars, Oceanography, Nanotechnology, Energy, Climate, and Transportation. The program culminates with a state competition in New Orleans in November or December. Tulane students will be introduced to Lego building, simple programming, research methods, and middle school pedagogy (teaching techniques) required for mentoring a team. Previous robotics experience is not required. This course satisfies the first Service Learning graduation requirement. The service, a minimum of 30 hours over the course of a semester, includes both mentoring of the teams and the training provided in the preparation for mentoring.