PLASMA-BOTICS IS MORE THAN A STEAM PROGRAM!
PLASMA-BOTICS (PLAying with Science, MAth and RoBOTICS) is an innovative program that minimizes the fear and negative stigma often associated with STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math] and will increase the low numbers of minority students of color, females, and students of low-socioeconomic status by demonstrating STEM’s application in the real-world.
PLASMA-BOTICS students work directly with robotics, video and music production and many of the science fields. These opportunities and experiences provided through PLASMA-BOTICS directly places students of color, and females—particularly those from low-income families and schools—who are disproportionately excluded or dropped from the STEM pipeline at formative moments in their academic trajectories on a trajectory to avoid the “Leaky Pipeline”. The "Leaky Pipeline" is a metaphor for students’ disproportionate exit from participation in a STEM content area throughout school and college, resulting in their underrepresentation in STEM careers*.
PLASMA-BOTICS will be crucial in keeping this population in the pipeline.
*(Alper, 1993; Blickenstaff, 2005; Jayarante et al. 2003; Leboy, 2008; Watt et al. 2006)
Students who attend the PLASMA-BOTICS program learn to make the connections of math and science of the Real World!
PLASMA-BOTICS develops student self-confidence by exposing students to lifelong skills that exist beyond the school building walls like collaboration, critical thinking, self improvement by self-analysis , and accepting critique from others.
Programs are led by specialist in the fields.
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