Following the loss of service initiatives last summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic, La Salle Robotics students commenced the summer season with various community outreach opportunities. While the school year is filled with students of all ages engaging in robotics competitions and STEAM-centered projects, the summer is the perfect time for students to fulfill another equally important piece of their La Salle Robotics mission, community service.
La Salle Robotics has engaged in several service opportunities in the Philadelphia area. On Monday, June 21st, a small group of students from FRC Team 5181 traveled to Saint Cecilia School in Foxchase to restructure a STEAM classroom within the school building. Students assembled computer tables and moved furniture to create an ideal learning space for elementary school students to be introduced to science and technology.
On Tuesday, June 29th, a group of La Salle Robotics students alongside members of the La Salle College High School Office of Information Technology installed computers and technology at Mother of Mercy House in Kensington. The project required moving equipment, wiring, and configuring the new devices.
Finally, two FRC Team 5181 members, Jacob Stevens '22 and Connor Goldfarb '23, volunteered at Saint James School in the Allegheny West neighborhood of Philadelphia. Their time assisting students at SJS helped La Salle Robotics start two new FLL teams at that location.
With these service projects completed, La Salle Robotics will continue to serve the local community throughout the school year. In addition to visiting elementary schools planning to implement robotics and FLL, La Salle Robotics students also hosted our annual STEAM Camp at La Salle College High School in August. STEAM Camp brings engineering, science, and technology into a fun and creative environment for students in grades 5-8 to experience hands-on. This year's STEAM Camp was held on August 2-6, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM each day. Students from La Salle Robotics FRC Team 5181 volunteered their time to assist camp participants and ensured a rewarding experience for everyone involved.