Competitions are great motivators and a fantastic way for students to learn and share!
Sandbox mentors students for various comeptitions in Robotics and Video Game Design.

Merit Badges in STEM for Scouts

Purpose: Sandbox uses its expertise in STEM to motivate and support Boy Scouts to explore STEM, and offer Workshops for various STEM-related Merit Badges. Workshop Structure: 2-4 Hr Workshop for Scouts onsite or at Sandbox Studio in Thousand Oaks. Sandbox Instructors give a presentation on a Merit Badge at a Troop Meeting, and give them Cyber Chips. After that they invite the Troop for Merit Badge Workshop, and after reviewing completion of corresponding Merit Badge requirements, Merit Badges are awarded. Course Options: Sandbox Offers Merit Badge Workshops in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).  Students may sign-up for any of the Merit Badge Workshops: - Computers - Electronics - Engineering - Game Design - Robotics Course Overview: Sandbox Instructors who are authorized Merit Badge Counselors for Boy Scouts of America offer Merit Badge Workshops for all Units. Counselors review Boy's work, train, assign and evaluate to ascertain appropriate skills are demonstrated.

FIRST LEGO League

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Purpose: To mentor kids on Robotics for the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) 2014 Competitions. Sandbox will provide the infrastructure, competition material, robotics kits, software, training, research and competition support, etc. Tools: LEGO Mindstorms Techniques: Robot Building, Programming, Competition Preparation Age Group: 9 – 14 years Course Duration: June 2014 to Nov 2014 (and beyond for winning teams) Competition Overview: Each year, LEGO and FIRST join hands to organize the biggest robotics competition in the world with 230,000 9 – 14 year old kids from 70 countries participating. This year’s Challenge is World Class. Students will redesign how we gather knowledge and skills in the 21st century! Students in teams of 4 to 10 are measured on 3 aspects: - Robot Missions & Design (perform timed missions using an autonomous robot) - Project (research real-life problem and present solution) - FLL Core Values (imbibe & demonstrate teamwork)

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