Broken Arrow Public Schools’ (BAPS) districtwide robotics program is hosting an inaugural Tiger ROARbotics Showcase on Jan. 20 to raise funds for the continuation of competitions, robotics supplies, team computers and more. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.
This free event is taking place at Stoney Creek Conference Center from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Along with refreshments and a silent auction, the showcase will feature nationally recognized STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) educator Fredi Lajvardi, who was the subject of the 2017 IMAX film “Dream Big” and major motion picture “Spare Parts,” starring actor and comedian George Lopez as Lajvardi.
“If you think about it, everything around you is affected by STEM (science, technology, engineering and math),” BAPS Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Instruction Margaret Coates said. “Robotics students are our future engineers and community leaders, and they learn to apply essential 21st century skills like collaboration, creative and critical thinking, and problem-solving.”
Known as a branch of engineering that involves the conception, design, manufacture and operation of robots, the BAPS robotics program began as an extracurricular activity for elementary students in 2014, due to a $4,000 robotics grant from the Oklahoma State Department of Education.
Now, the ROARbotics program includes more than 200 team members from the elementary level to secondary level thanks to additional grants, corporate sponsorships and fundraisers.
“The robotics program truly gives our students an academic advantage that they would not have had otherwise,” BAPS STEM Instructional Specialist Andrea Sagely and Robotics Director said. “Unfortunately, our money supply is not keeping up with the student demand and interest in robotics.”
Sagely, who started the program three years ago, hopes the first-ever showcase will raise awareness and funds.
“I do not want the burden of finances to deter students from participating in such a wonderful program,” she said. “I truly believe if we can raise enough funds, our program will have unlimited potential.”
For more information about the event or for ways to support the program, please contact Sagely at 918-449-5600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.