May 21, 2014

STEMulating Knowledge

Robotics Day 2014

With over 300 minds to spark in attendance, you missed something TRANSFORMATIONAL if you did not attend Delaware's 3rd Annual Robotics Day!In addition to a STEMulating panel discussion with remarks from U.S. State Senator Chris Coons (DE), guests enjoyed activities and demonstrations from an array of Robotics teams, organizations and companies.  Scientists from Ashland demonstrated chemistry used in dyes, food, pharmaceuticals, and a variety of the other fields in which Ashland specializes. Palindrome Robotics, of Middletown, brought their spectacular FRC advanced robot which used an on-board air compressor to power pneumatics that controlled wheels, gears, and a launcher that propelled a 2 foot beach ball through the air to the crowd’s delight.  Barrel of Makers exhibited their remote-controlled drawing robots using game controllers to manipulate robots with pens around a dry erase board.  Mad Science of Delaware Valley engaged attendees with an electrifying show of high voltage discharges, while leading them to explore the basics of simple machines that are incorporated into robots.  The University of Delaware, Department of Mechanical Engineering was represented by two research groups, each with a focus on physical therapy utilizing advanced materials and manufacturing using principles of robotics.  The Wilmington Police Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) robot greeted guests at the entrance to the event.  This 4 foot tall, 800 pound robot, which is capable of climbing stairs and disarming explosives, was an impressive guest at this year’s Robotics Day.  FAMEBrandywine RoboticsThe Charter School of Wilmington, and Padua Academy/Society of Women in Engineering all brought their robots for the enjoyment of the crowd.  Kids and adults alike were treated to a robot playground where they could use remote controls to operate a variety of different robots.  The Robot Arena was the center of the show!  

We'd like to thank all of our sponsors, speakers, teams, organizations, companies and volunteers for a successful day.  We look forward to Delaware's 4th Annual Robotics Day, as we continue our commitment to Delaware in highlighting the importance of "Robo-Technology", and inspiring students while building their interest in innovation!

Thank You #GivingHeroes

We want to say THANK YOU to all of our Giving Heroes!  Thank you for your support during April 16th's TRANSFORMATIONAL giving opportunity for Microsoft's Youth Spark Bonus Day! 

Save the Date!

June 25, 2014 (12 PM ET) - June 26, 2014 (11:59 AM ET): Donation MATCH Day!  $200,000 in MATCHING funds on GlobalGiving will be available!  Matching will be applied at 100%! 

Impacting Communities!

Thanks to community efforts our online and on-location food drives collected 266 pounds of canned and non-perishable goods to STEMulate Change in Childhood Hunger!

Volunteer!

If you are a STEM industry professional or an outstanding mentor interested in volunteering your time to FAME, please contact us at info@famedelaware.org!

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Feb 20, 2014

Thank You!

Thanks to your generous support, STEMulate Change is continuing its mission to transform today's students into tomorrow's leaders through Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM).

How are we STEMulating Change?

We are developing cutting edge curriculum through the efforts of a curriculum development team that meets regularly to provide rich, engaging experiences to ensure the STEMulate Change activities aligns with the Core Standards.

Additionally, we are interviewing to hire strong teachers whose instructional skills and content knowledge will match the needs of the students STEMulate Change supports.    

Through partnerships with community organizations and schools, STEMulate Change will implement programming beginning in the summer of 2014.

Thanks to you, we have raised $538 which will provide materials for 60 students during the 4 week Summer Program!

We look forward to engaging new students through hands-on STEM experiences and igniting interest in STEM in an out-of-school environment.  

STEMulate Change will facilitate the participants' ability to serve as lighthouses to other students in an effort to engage all through conversation, demonstration and presentation of their experiences.

As always, we are appreciative of your continued support and hope to encourage more volunteers and supporters to join our success in STEM education at FAME, Inc.

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Feb 20, 2014

Thank You!

Thanks to your generous support, FAME, Inc. is continuing its mission to prepare and motivate traditionally underrepresented students and girls in grades 7-12 to enter college and complete a baccalaureate degree in engineering or other STEM related fields of study. 

How we are STEMulating Knowledge?

Our 7th and 8th grade students were introduced to Java Script as a part of Computer Science Education Week, while our 11th and 12th grade students sharpened their critical reading skills and prepared for PSATs and SATs.  Our Robotics Club teams have led two exhibits sparking young engineering minds by showcasing their robots at the Delaware Children's Museum and have competed in two regional competitions.  

Thanks to you, we have raised $1,816!  We are able to send 50 of our students on a college tour of John Hopkins University and the University of Maryland.

We are currently accepting applications for our 2014 Summer session and have engaged in new partnerships with other science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) focused organizations.  

This year we plan to increase the amount of students enrolled in our programs, expand our STEMulate Change curriculum, and strengthen partnerships with our parents to ensure they have a voice in their students' home schools.  

As always, we are appreciative of your continued support and hope to encourage more volunteers and supporters to join our success in STEM education at FAME, Inc.  

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