TechBrick Registration for 2018-19
What is TechBrick?
About 2/3 of this year's students (FTC was at their kickoff).
TechBrick, formed in early 2003, is an independent robotics and STEM education club for home-schooled, public, and private school students, K-12, in Harford, Baltimore, and Cecil counties. TechBrick is completely run by volunteers.
How do you get involved?
- We will provide a short presentation about the program.
- Robots from the past year will be on display and you can see the rest of the facility.
- Parents AND students should attend.
- Existing students can just re-register.
- If you are a new student, watch the program talk and then register.
This year we have more than 110 active registrations from more than 35 schools and homeschools with weekly meetings of children and parents (who are encouraged to stay and participate). You can see some of what we’ve been doing at http://www.techbrick.com. Our teams have participated in numerous championships both regionally and at World’s.
Why this program is critical to our nation’s future:
The club runs under a program called FIRST, founded in 1989 by Dean Kamen (of Segway Scooter fame) and Woodie Flowers from MIT. Their goal was to create a program in which young students, with a strong interest in technology and engineering, could get the same type of encouragement that students get in organized sports. We offer all four the US FIRST programs spanning K-12 as well of off season activities.
There are no prerequisites.
We are looking for students, ages 5 through HS Seniors, eager to learn engineering at all levels, willing to focus on a very complex task, and engage in building a world-class robot and team. Our facility now features 3D printers, computer aided design machines, and range of related tools and technology. No previous skills or training are required.
There are modest dues for each program.
Best Training for Young Technologists
The FIRST program and competitions provide one of the best platforms for young people to get excited about the challenges and rewards of engineering: They are pushed to the limit on every level: project management, design, research, testing, strategic- planning, and more. In the coming years many of our participants will be the future technical leaders, providing the innovative solutions we need to maintain our competitive edge.
Four Tution Based Programs
- JrFLL (Ages 5-8/Meets in Homes) runs from mid-Sept for about 6 weeks.Then again in January/Feb for events. COST: $75 per student.
- FLL (Ages 8-12/Meets at APG) runs from mid Aug through March. COST: $200 per student.
- FTC (Grades 7-12 grade/Meets at APG) runs from late Aug through March. COST: $250 or $300 (after Sept 1) per student.
- FRC (Grades 9-12 grade/Meets at APG) runs from late August through April with an intensive six week build session from Jan through mid-Feb. COST: $300 or $350 (after Sept 1) per student.
READY FOR THE CHALLENGE OF YOUR LIFE?