At the Milpitas Extension, students from Milpitas High School’s Xtreme Robotics Club host a Robotics Workshop every Thursday after school, targeted at 5th-8th graders.
Each week, around 10 volunteers from the Robotics Club come out to teach, support, and engage younger students.
"What inspired us to start this…there are a lot of young people that are motivated to learn more about engineering and STEM and robotics and stuff,” said MHS Junior Nicholas Azpeitia, a member of the club. "So we felt we could host a class teaching this. And not only give experience to new students, but also give experience to some less experienced members in the robotics club. So while they’re learning, they can help students that are a little less experienced.”
During this year of the program, volunteers from the Robotics Club have been teaching important STEM skills, like AutoCAD, Circuitry, and Programming.
"After programming, we’ll work on a final project for the students, so they can incorporate everything they learned in class,” said Nicholas.
Back in 2018, the MHS Xtreme Robotics Club hosted an afterschool class at Pomeroy Elementary School, teaching 4th to 6th graders how to build a robot from scratch. Over this past summer, in 2019, the club also hosted a Robotika Camp for kids from 4th to 8th grade. They’ve also been part of many competitions.
Most recently, the Robotics Club won an award in the 2020 Online Challenge, hosted by the Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation, and was invited to compete at the VEX Robotics World Championship in Louisville, Kentucky.