STEM NOLA, Chevron Offer Virtual Robotics Camp


NEW ORLEANS – STEM NOLA and Chevron have partnered with UBTECH, a global leader in robotics, to bring Camp: ASPIRE (At-Home Summer Programs In Robotics and Engineering) to children ages 8-16. Developed in partnership with the STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice, a global initiative dedicated to preparing youth through high-quality STEM education, Camp: ASPIRE is a virtual robotics camp with supplies and instructions delivered to campers’ homes.

“Our hope is that every one of the campers will close out the summer with a passion for STEM,” said Leah Brown, the public affairs manager for Chevron’s Gulf of Mexico Business Unit. “Due to COVID-19, we are facing even more challenges in making sure that young men and women are not falling behind due to summer learning loss. We are proud to work with STEM NOLA and UBTECH to overcome those challenges and make a difference in the lives of local kids.” 

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Sessions will begin on June 15 and will run each week until Aug. 24. In each five-day camp, small, interactive groups will receive 10 hours of live virtual instruction by accredited STEM educators via conference. Campers will also receive a UKIT robotics building kit that includes servos, connectors, a main control box, and 300-500+ pieces, all of which they can keep and continue building with after the class ends. In addition to the live virtual instruction, Camp: ASPIRE will provide 10+ hours of self-guided activities to keep the kids’ creativity flowing throughout the week.

While enrollment is open to all kids ages 8-16, Chevron is funding 175 full scholarships. Children affiliated with New Orleans organizations Son of a Saint and Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Louisiana will receive first priority.

“We are so excited to be able to offer Camp: ASPIRE at a time when meaningful learning opportunities for children have been curtailed,” said Calvin Mackie, director and founder of STEM NOLA. “Special thanks to Chevron for their generosity. Because of their donation, kids that might not have this opportunity otherwise, will be immersed in activities that will challenge their imaginations and equip them with practical skills for the future.” 

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