A model of engaging K-12 students in STEM. Goal is to inspire girls to pursue STEM in college and career. The program provides Project Based Learning, female engineering student mentors, and opportunities to visit Cal Poly.
Creative Robotics This is a 30-hour project in which participants learn basic electronics in a fun and engaging way. Participants learn:
How to use tools
How to work in teams to design robots out of everyday materials
In the first year, participants are introduced to the use of hand tools, including a screwdriver, a utility knife, a tape measure, etc. In Creative Robotics, students learn about basic electronics, wiring, sensors and motors, as well as operation of the Hummingbird microcontroller using Scratch programming language.
Our Femineer program was pioneered by Wonderful Educations Classroom Grants. They generously donated all the equipment and supplies for us to implement our Femineer program. This program would not be possible without Wonderful Education's donation!
Wearable Technology This is a 30-hour project that incorporates computer and advanced electronic technologies into clothing and accessories. Participants learn:
Basic circuitry and C programming
How to use conductive thread, bright neopixels, and wearable microcontrollers
In the second year, students concentrate on C programming with an Arduino controller. Femineers design and create wearable gadgets by using the conductive thread for sewing electrical circuits and learning to solder.
Our Wearable Technology equipment and supplies have been generously donated by Walmart Giving community grant, Young Sheldon CBS TV show, and Chevron Fuel Your School Program. This course would not be possible without our donors!
Raspberry Pi Robotics In the third year, the Femineer program is based on the popular Raspberry Pi computer using the Python programming language to build a robot. Through this process, the Femineers acquire skills that engineering students first learn in college.