Our Mission

The Mission of STEM HQ is to develop self-sustainable models for educational robotics programs that engage young minds in building science, technology, engineering, and math skills, while simultaneously inspiring innovation and creativity. Additionally, to enable students to work collaboratively in a team environment and fostering well-rounded life capabilities, including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

 

How are we accomplishing this mission?

Robotics Leagues

Many students leave their school every day and head over to after-school sports and little league practice sessions. We don't think something like robotics should be any different than little league sports, which is why we created the Delray & Boca Robotics leagues.

Our League model is essentially no different than a sports league. Groups of 3-4 students are assigned to Lego Robotics teams created throughout the area, and a challenge is given to all of the teams. Over time, these teams work on their robots and have them complete the challenges. Every now and then, the league will host tournaments to pit these robots against one another, creating a competitive aspect.

In the end, this allows students to be very engaged (small teams of 3-4 students), have a competitive aspect in the experience (league competitions) and is simple and straightforward to join.

TechGarage

TechGarage is a concept developed by the minds here at STEM HQ that represents the epitome of a long-term self-sustainable education robotics model. 

TechGarage would become a centralized robotics workspace. By pooling resources across multiple teams such as lego kits, countless tools, and mentors and experienced robotics students, this allows us to minimize barriers to entry into the robotics arena while also maximizing avenues to success.

TechGarage would also feature a membership-based toolshop for entrepreneurs, artists, hobbyists, and engineers across the area to come and use; membership fees from members using this toolshop (which contains top-of-the-line financially-limiting tools) would go towards funding more educational robotics programs, creating a self-sustainable model.

To learn more about the TechGarage concept, visit our page.

Starting FIRST Teams

In addition to our efforts to create new models for educational robotics programs, we're deeply involved in FIRST Robotics.

FIRST, which stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, is an international organization that organizes competitive robotics teams for students aged 5 - 18. FIRST has four tiers of competitive robotics; the most popular are FIRST Lego League (FLL), FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) and FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) in order of increasing age range and difficulty.

STEM HQ is an organization borne from FIRST Robotics Competition Team 3992 (Eagles Robotics Xperience). Because we are a FIRST Robotics team at heart, we know the powerful effect that being engaged in a FIRST program has on students. Because of this, the third prong of our outreach effort involves starting FLL, FTC, & FRC teams across the area, in schools that don't currently over robotics programs, simply for interested parents, and beyond.