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Skrappy Obtained a Library Card and checked out his first two books on Robotic Design

November 16, 132 members of the Skrappy Nation participated in the first of a unique joint STEM marketing promotion with the staff of Clarksville Virginia Burnett Library and Learning Center and Bluestone High School.  A young member of the Skrappy Nation assisted the Library Staff in issuing a Library Card and checking out two books on advanced robotic designs.

This first of a kind signature event was scheduled from 11 AM to 1:30 PM but did not conclude until 2:00 PM, the normal closing time for the Library  Skrappy team members from left to right in the first photograph are Ethan Arnold, Layne Jones and Tristan Adams.  The Library Staff are Eileen Barbieri, Joyce Thomas and Vickie Powell.

One family with three home schooled children did not realize they can be a member of the Bluestone High School Club. When they learned that within the last three years, one home schooled female member of the team was the Captain of the Team …. For this family, the joint Stem promotion with the Library helped the Skrappy Nation recruit future members for the Mecklenburg County STEM programs.

Although the opportunity to play catch with Skrappy was very exciting, it is amazing how the Children were interested in a repair (adjusting the chain tensioner) that the drive team effected during this event. 

Welcoming the newest Members of the Skrappy Nation

Name Interests

Kaylin Garrett Web Page Design, Communications & Advertising

T’Kira Tucker (TT) Business & Programming

SKRAPPY gets a Library Card

Come to the Clarksville Public Library on November 16, 2019 to meet Bluestone High School’s robot Skrappy. In April Skrappy finished last season’s FIRST ROBOTS COMPETITION Destination Deep Space at the District Championship at George Mason University in Fairfax VA. This year’s competition Infinite Recharge commences in January. While Skrappy excels at hatch pickup and installation to seal the openings to a Rocket or Cargo ship, and then delivering cargo to both, Infinite Recharge may require a new set of skills.

Skrappy recently visited the South Central Fair and now, to further prepare for this new challenge Skrappy decided to visit the library to find books that can help develop new skills. As any other patron, Skrappy will need a Library Card. Since Skrappy has never been to the library some assistance may be required.

If you’d like to help Skrappy get a Library Card and find a book (or even get a Card for yourself!), you are invited to come to the Clarksville Public Library from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM on Saturday, November 16, 2019. Skrappy’s Teammates will be present to show you how Skrappy works and maybe play a game of catch with you. There will also be refreshments available. We look forward to seeing you there to assist Skrappy in this quest.

Inspiring generations of global citizens and helping them realize their power to build a better future

As we work as a community to prepare young people for a STEM future, FIRST aims to ensure its programs are having a lasting, positive impact on participants across all demographic groups. Our rigorous multi-year longitudinal study, conducted by Brandeis University Center for Youth and Communities, provides strong evidence that participation in FIRST does just that. Even with just one year of FIRST participation, study participants are 23xs more likely to have gains in STEM outcomes than a comparison group of peers not participating in FIRST.

Global Reach Our Partnership with Brandeis University Research proves FIRST ® drives STEM engagement and outcomes Powered by a mission-driven global robotics community and evidence-based programs designed to ignite curiosity and encourage exploration, FIRST® prepares young people for the future. Supported by adult coaches, mentors, educators, volunteers, sponsors, and alumni, FIRST offers a progressive series of team robotics challenges for students aged 6-18. FIRST programs are designed with hands-on, real-world experiences known to increase interest and engagement in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and inspire today’s kids to build tomorrow’s leaders. Research shows FIRST is advancing its mission to increase the number of students interested in STEM — and that interest is influencing their educational and career choices. Since 1989, FIRST programs have had a global reach with profound impacts on students of all ages around the world. FIRST is partnering with Brandeis University to conduct a multi-year longitudinal study measuring STEM-related impacts. Ages 6-10 (Grades K-4) Ages 9-16* (Grades 4-8) Ages 12-18 (Grades 7-12) Ages 14-18 (Grades 9-12) *Ages vary by country IN 2019…
Impact of First Programs, a Study conducted by Brandeis University Center for Youth and Communities

• Over 575,000 students reached.
• Over 300,000 mentors, coaches, judges, and volunteers.
• Over 20 million volunteer hours.
• 51,000 robots created.
• Over 80 million dollars in scholarships available. The study included 822 FIRST students and 451 comparison group students. The comparison group included students who did not participate in FIRST programs, but were enrolled in science and technology classes at the same schools. All students received a baseline survey and follow-up surveys each year. OVERALL, 79% OF STUDENTS REMAINED IN THE STUDY AT YEAR FIVE.

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