Project Splash is an exciting professional development and youth program opportunity in robotics education. Teachers, museum instructors and informal educators are invited to participate in hands-on robotics training using WaterBotics curriculum. Participants learn the technical skills and gender equity strategies necessary for implementing a Project Splash summer program for girls. Upper middle and high school girls are eligible to attend Project Splash summer programs, where they build fully submersible robots using a variety of LEGO products. Throughout the program, girls create increasingly complex robots that are able to complete sophisticated, real-world tasks. In the process, students gain knowledge in several areas of science, engineering, and technology.
Educators who complete the professional development training will gain access to camp curriculum and are eligible to rent a materials kit from the PNWGCP.
The Impact of Waterbotics in the Pacific Northwest
In this short video Hannah, Renee, Jessi and Hailey talk with the Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project about their successes and challenges as Project Splash camp participants in Snoqualmie, Washington during the summer of 2012. As you listen to their successes and challenges you’ll gain insight into how programs like Project Splash are positively impacting girls in the Pacific Northwest and shaping the future of STEM professionals in our country. Download the Video Here.
2013 Project Splash Summer Programs
Project Splash educators implemented nine camps throughout the Pacific Northwest region this summer. Camps were hosted at Washington County Museum (Hillsboro, Oregon), University of Washington (Seattle, WA), Mt. Adams School District (White Swan, WA), Sunnyside School District (Toppenish, WA), Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR), and Deschutes County 4H (Bend, OR).
If you would like to be connected to any of the programs in your area, please email Nimisha Ghosh Roy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out this great photo essay from a Project Splash camp recently completed by the Washington County Museum in Hillsboro, OR.
2013 Project Splash Educator Training
A Project Splash Educator Training was held in Corvallis, OR from March 18-20, 2013. This training was co-hosted by the STEM Academy at Oregon State University (OSU). Additional webinar sessions were held in the spring to support participating organizations as they prepared for their camps.
An informational webinar was hosted in January, 2013 to provide details on program requirements, timeline, and to help organizations begin planning for their 2013 Project Splash summer camp. To view the recorded webinar, click here.
If you have any questions or are interested in hosting co-hosting a training in your area, please contact Nimisha Ghosh Roy at email@example.com.
More on WaterBotics
WaterBotics is the curriculum component of a National Science Foundation ITEST (Innovative Technology Experiences for Students & Teachers) Scale-Up grant, known as the Build IT Underwater Robotics Scale-Up for STEM Learning and Workforce Development (BISU) Project (Award #0929674). This five-year, $2.5 million program aims to reach between 6,000 and 11,000 middle and high school students and youth nationwide with an intensive science and engineering experience based in a series of underwater robotics design and programming challenges.