The students at Elizabeth High School took the initiative to start a Computer Coding/Robotics club last year. This year, they would like to compete in their first (ever) robotics competition.
Discovery, creativity, curiosity, and team work are just some of the words that help students understand what robotics is all about. The challenge we face in our school club is that we have no funds for adequate development tools for learning hands-on nor enough funds to gain that comradery experience that comes with competitions. The students at my school are culturally and ethnically diverse yet they all share something in common: the desire to be part of a team that solves problems, creates unique and innovative solutions, and represent for the underrepresented.
As a club we have managed to build a great team that represents all ethnicities and genders. This is part of the reason the name Kronecker Delta was chosen. “In mathematics, the Kronecker delta (named after Leopold Kronecker) is a function of two variables, usually just non-negative integers. The function is 1 if the variables are equal, and 0 otherwise” (Wikipedia). The club must act as a single unit, a team, all members are equal with no person considered being different than the rest. With the little resources we have, we have learned basic computer programming, algorithm development, and basic knowledge of electronics. The students in our club are hard workers. They are ready for the next level of learning to solve a complete system and gain hands-on real world experience by putting all the theoretical knowledge to use in practice. I would like the students to be able to have the least restrictive learning environment to help further strengthen our team, to help their personal curiosity grow, and to appreciate the STEM field.