GRASP-US2020 RoboMentor Program
Penn Engineering students trained by the GRASP lab have the opportunity to work with public high school and middle school robotics teams in Philadelphia as GRASP-US2020 RoboMentors. There are currently 4 veteran and 3 rookie FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) teams, 20 FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) teams, and 27 FIRST Lego League Teams (FLL) in the city.
US2020 PHL is a new organization developed from a White House call to generate large-scale, innovative soltions to our STEM education challenge, with a focus on increasing access to STEM careers for girls, underrepresented minorities, and low income children.
The RoboMentor program will:
- Identify Penn Engineering mentors;
- Vet mentors through background checks and interviews;
- Train mentors; and
- Support efforts of mentors.
The goals of the RoboMentor program include:
- Penn Engineering students working with all partner teams
- Mentors engaged for at least 10 hours per month
- Mentors engaged for duration of robotics competition season
- Increased interest in STEM careers
- Improvement in 21st Century skills and STEM skills
- Improvement in self-efficacy
- Reduction of achievement gap in underrepresented populations