Getting young people interested in science is a real talent, but there are some topics that are naturally much more exciting to them. 19-year-old entrepreneur, Danielle Boyer, realised that robots were one of these topics.
Danielle at 3D experience main stage with Suchit Jain, VP of Strategy and Business Dev of Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Corp
Danielle partnered with Dassault Systemes to assemble 150 Every Kid Gets a Robot kits at the 3DEXPERIENCE World 2020. She was accompanied by her fantastic team, Dakshesh Daruri, Poornima Peiris, Rashika Rao and Vasanth Abunkumar. These kits cost less than $20 each and were designed by Miss Boyer using SOLIDWORKS. They are made of 4 3D printed pieces and simple electrical components. The assembly of these kits teaches children about electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and computer science.
Danielle and some workshop participants with their assembled robots at 3D experience for a good event.
Since 2019 hundreds of these robots have been given to children for free, distributed by The STEAM Connection which is run by young STEM students. The STEAM Connection also teaches classes, mentors robotics teams, donates robots and distributes free children’s books.
Aside from her work for her non-profit, The STEAM Connection, Danielle is also an educator, inventor and author, as well as pursuing a double major in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. She is dedicated to increasing the accessibility, affordability and diversity of STEAM education. The work she does was recognised when she won the Governor’s Service Award for Youth Volunteer of the Year.
Danielle and her steam connection team in Nashville, Left to right. Vasanth Abunkuma, Dakshesh Dauri, Rashika Rao, Poornima Peiris and Danielle Boyer.
The Every Kid Gets a Robot kit has already reached many different organisations and schools, including Long Island Science Center, Girl Scout Troops, Mitchell Middle School and The Phoenix AISES Professional Chapter.
Work like this is so inspiring to boost STEM education in young people across the world. Have you got an idea for increasing STEM engagement? Get it going at whatever scale you can manage. The sky is the limit!