BadgerBOTS Robotics engages young people through hands-on, mentor-based programs to build self-confidence, develop leadership skills, and create opportunities to succeed in the 21st century. BadgerBOTS Robotics is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and participates in FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) local, state and worldwide competitions.
Here are some fun things to help paint a picture of our organization:
- Team 1306 running a Community Night at the Urban League.
- The list of the partnerships built with community organizations since 2012.
- This video shot at our center when we hosted something called ‘Kids Code Camp.’
- A profile of our founder & president, Ben Senson, from the early days of BadgerBOTS
- News coverage of the 2013 FIRST LEGO League BadgerLand Regional Tournament
- A super sleepy Ben Stein delivering a PechaKucha talk in the summer of 2013.
“Occupations in STEM fields are expected to grow by 17 percent by 2018, nearly double the rate of growth in non-STEM occupations.”
~U.S. News and World Reports, STEM Education, November 3, 2011
BadgerBOTS Robotics serves over 550 Dane County public, private, virtual or home schooled students in 2nd-12th grade. Since its inception in 2004, BadgerBOTS Robotics has helped approximately 3,000 students discover the fun in science and technology and we are committed to introducing the next generation of engineers, scientists, programmers, technicians, policy makers and project managers to the excitement and challenge of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers.
COACHES, MENTORS AND VOLUNTEERS
With the help of over 300 volunteers, BadgerBOTS Robotics train, teach and empower student teams, coaches, mentors and volunteers to offer high energy, fun, team-based programs and competitions that celebrate and encourage science and technology. Students (and adults) learn how to work together, solve real-world problems and become leaders.
To help us expand our efforts and have some fun at the same time, contact us for current opportunities.
SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS
To support BadgerBOTS Robotics is to invest in our children and community, to share our passion, and to inspire these future innovators, leaders, collaborators, and problem solvers for the 21 century. BadgerBOTS Robotics is fortunate to have many individual and corporate sponsors and supporters including GE Healthcare, Isthmus Engineering, Helical Robotics, and jcpenney. These financial, equipment, or material donations help support current BadgerBOTS Robotics programs and will provide our organization the ability to offer additional programs, camps and courses.
Learn more on how you or your company can help support BadgerBOTS Robotics and our mission to engage young people in science and technology.
Many alumni of our program have gone on to pursue STEM education and careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Many of these students took advantage of college scholarships promoted by FIRST and sponsored by various providers each year. In 2012 $14 million or 653 college scholarships sponsored by 142 sponsors are available to students participating in FIRST programs. BadgerBOTS Robotics also strive to help kids learn to be engaged and educated citizens. In order to make responsible, informed decisions that affect us, our society and our environment, our children must understand science and math.
BadgerBOTS Robotics believes every child deserves a chance to learn about science and technology. Full or partial financial scholarships are available for every program, camp, course or activity.
FIRST was founded in 1989 by Dean Kamen to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.
Dean Kamen is an inventor, entrepreneur, and tireless advocate for science and technology. His passion and determination to help young people discover the excitement and rewards of science and technology are the cornerstones of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).
More than 100,000 volunteers and 3,500 sponsors, including corporations, education and professional institutions, and individuals provide a network of supporters dedicated to advancing science and technology and changing the culture of STEM education in the United States and worldwide. Learn more