K to A: Robotics for Makerspace
McLurg High School created a Robotics program to engage with students more while also increasing their understanding of robotics, scripting, and programming. Its primary goal was to improve school attendance and “resiliency among students who are sometimes on the periphery of the action.” Additionally, they aimed to decrease negative behaviors through the Robotics Club by creating a greater variety of opportunities for students.
Among youth in the club, there was a decrease in the number of self-harm concern reports. There was also an increase in school attendance and engagement in other coursework among youth who participated. Additionally, club members registered for Distance Education computer courses, requested more challenging projects and robotic materials, and there was an increase in robotic books/magazines being signed out from the library.