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Robotics summer camp at Fundación MIR girls school by The Community Bots

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During this summer the Fundación MIR hosted a robotics camp for their students at MIR school for girls, thanks to the extraordinary support of The Community Bots. The girls had a wonderful experience and loved every minute of it! 

The Community Bots is a program that provides training in STEM-robotics for middle school girls in underserved communities in New York City and Latin America. They have recognized that the ideal time to expose girls to the field of STEM-robotics is during their impressionable middle school years.

They have seen throughout the years how middle school girls can form negative stereotypes about gender roles related to STEM education, which can ultimately lead to limited career opportunities in fast-growing STEM fields. Community Bots challenges these stereotypes by providing hands-on, STEM-robotics courses. They came down to Fundación MIR and donated equipment as well as trained the teachers in these programs on how to use a pedagogy that is student-centered, fun, and engaging while celebrating the achievements of women in the STEM-robotics field. Together with the newly trained teachers, they ran a one-week, introductory robotics courses for the students.

From the first day that Jack Cooley and Ana Agón, co-founders of Community Bots, approached MIR, they were very enthusiastic about the project. Since the beginning of Fundación MIR, they have always looked to provide opportunities for girls to have access to quality education, especially in the field of mathematics, science, and technology. For this reason, they did not hesitate to say yes to the robotics camp for girls!

The summer camp exceeded all Fundación MIR’s expectations because it undoubtedly broke the barriers and fears the students had about mathematics and technology. The girls were excited, motivated, happy and proud of themselves for their achievement!

“We greatly appreciate The Community Bots for donating their time, sharing their passion and leaving us all the materials to continue this wonderful project. Likewise, we thank Saint Joseph Academy, in Baton Rouge, for the donation of 20 laptops for the girls. This gesture will forever be in our hearts.” – Fundación MIR

See below more pictures of the camp provided by Fundación MIR:

Reminder: The Fundación MIR Family Weekend is next month!

Do you know what’s coming up on the calendar, ladies, and gents? Fundación MIR’s Family Weekend for Life, of course! The annual fiesta that comes with a range of tournaments benefits the needy children of La Romana who attend the Fundación MIR schools. This year taking place on August 18th will include its traditional golf and tennis tournaments along with tennis clinics for the kids, and an evening awards ceremony and dinner-gala at Minitas Beach. Continue reading here

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