Leaders for Tomorrow participants learn about STEM through the use of Robotics
Over the past four months participants in Theta Mu Lambda Charitable Foundation’s Leaders For Tomorrow (LFT) have been learning about Engineering and Physics using robotics during the bimonthly meetings as part of the Theta Mu Lambda Charitable Foundation’s STEM initiative. Theta Mu Lambda Charitable Foundation selects young men from historically underrepresented groups in junior high school and high schools in Chicago and the south suburbs to participate in its LFT program. Each year Theta Mu Lambda Charitable Foundation attempts to expose students to new and exciting careers where diversity is lacking. This year’s focus has been STEM initiatives. STEM consist of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, fields Americans sometimes fall behind in compared to developed nations. Theta Mu Lambda Charitable Foundation has committed to programs that support President Obama’s “Educate to Innovate” campaign to lift American students to the top of the pack in science and math achievement.
Each week, Malcolm Williams, founder of Techno Organic, asks the LFT participants to build new and creative designs using robotics software and other building materials. As the participants learn how to create new and exciting structures Williams provides them with an understanding of the mechanics and physics it takes to create their structures. Participants began the program building simple structures with moving parts. As the program progresses, participants learn to build battle bots. At the end of the program, participants test their battle bots in battle to determine which bot is the best.
Theta Mu Lambda Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-profit organization providing scholarships to college bound minority students in the Chicagoland area and educational programs to develop young men in high school for future leadership roles in their families, communities and society. Theta Mu Lambda Charitable Foundation’s efforts are aided through the support of volunteers from Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.,Theta Mu Lambda Chapter.