Metropolitan Ministries’ Coding Hope Robotics Program had the opportunity to display their robot, the Chrome Cheetah, alongside several other exhibitors at the 2018 Synapse Innovation Summit on March 28th and 29th.
The Robotics Program is open to at-risk youth in the community and provides teens with the opportunities not only to develop social skills through collaboration and teamwork, but also to gain valuable vocational skills like design, coding and engineering.
Club meetings are a fun time for the teens, who might not have many other opportunities to act like a teen, to express themselves and hang out with their peers in a safe space. Robotics Program Coordinator, Hannah Sibole, described how the demeanor and confidence of a specific teen boy changed so much in the few months she’s known him through the program.
This season, with the help of a mentor from the University of South Florida, Coding Hope designed, built, and programmed their robot, the Chrome Cheetah. They competed with it in the FIRST Tech Challenge, ROBOTICON Tampa Bay (where they won the Gracious Professionalism Award), and the ROBOT League finals. At the end of the finals, they were presented with the Motivate Award.
In order to continue innovating and providing opportunities for our teens through the Robotics Program, we need your help!
- The team needs parts and tools to continue to build their robots as well as faster laptops to practice programming and design.
- The Coding Hope team is currently using wagons to transport their equipment to and from competitions - they could use more sturdy, reliable luggage.
- The teens could also benefit from community experts and robo-fanatics coming to their meetings to teach, mentor or just hang out.
You can see the Chrome Cheetah for yourself at the Synapse Innovation Summit from 9am to 6pm in the STEM Pavilion on the patio above Thunder Alley at the Amalie Arena March 28, 2018. Click here for more information.
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