St. Rose Partnership
Over the past year, our team has developed a relationship with a neighboring K-8 school in the heart of Milwaukee, Messmer St. Rose. Through a variety of activities, we inspire their 4th grade students to learn about the world around them and to consider pursuing futures in STEM. We plan to continue supporting this specific class of students until their graduation from Saint Rose; in this way, we hope to build friendships and a support system that can support these fifty Saint Rose students’ in their future, a future that will hopefully include STEM in high school and beyond.
At St. Rose in 2017-18, we held a Books & Bots program; students could drive a demo-bot and shoot balls into a goal. At their annual parent night, we helped the students and family members build “bristle bots” from the heads of toothbrushes. The students then raced them on a track which contributed to a fun, competitive atmosphere at the event.
Among our favorite events with St. Rose was their field trip visit for a tour of our build room. During their visit, Team 1732 members taught the fourth graders how to use basic tools, demonstrated the capabilities of our previous robots and further explained FIRST and its contributions to the community.
helped them make a St. Patrick’s Day card with electricity conducting tape while teaching about simple circuits,
build lava lamps teaching them about thermodynamics, and
create marshmallow towers while explaining some basics about structures.
Building upon these foundations, two of our DSHA team members engaged in a two-week service immersion experience with our adopted 4th grade classes. They spent the entire school day helping the students and fostering a stronger relationship between our team members and the kids at St. Rose. All of these events are just the beginning of our partnership with Messmer St. Rose.
We intend to continue our relationship and are considering starting and providing mentors for an FLL team at St. Rose.