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ECG' Night Owl Robotics Team Teaches Programming and CAD to raise funds to help frontline healthcare workers.

Team 10195, The Night Owls, is a sixth year competitive robotics team affiliated with ECG Robotics located in Greensboro, North Carolina. The 13 member team is comprised of Early College at Guilford students along with two members from the STEM Early College at NC A&T.  While one of the main goals of our team is to design and program robots for annual challenges, another main goal of our team is to spread the importance of STEM in the community. Due to the pandemic, our team was unable to conduct any in-person outreach events the past year. However, six of our team members conducted a weeklong, virtual, coding summer camp in July of 2020. As part of admissions for the camp, we raised a total of $312.00 towards The Emotional PPE Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving healthcare workers who are fighting to prevent COVID-19. During the week, we immersed younger students in Scratch and code.org projects while older students learned the fundamentals of Java.

Inspired by the camp, four of our members continued weekly sessions through the months of August through November. While two members focused on continuing to teach students in elementary school the principles of coding through code.org and Scratch, two other members took on the challenge of teaching students 4th-8th grades the fundamentals of CAD using TinkerCAD. At the end of both sessions, excited students had created projects for their respective classes.

From our first round of sessions, we saw many more students in the Guilford district eager to learn either coding or CAD. Thus, our team is starting new weekly sessions on January 23rd now offering three different sessions: middle school coding, elementary school coding, and middle school CAD. For these sessions, we required an admission fee and have so far raised $145.00 towards The Emotional PPE Project, now totaling our donation amounts to $532.00. We are so excited to see the outcomes of the new projects and challenges our new students will take on!