We are proud of the testimonials from our programs to date:
“A tremendous thank you to The Community Bots and in particular, Jack Cooley and Karen Orozco, for an incredible two weeks of training at Escuela Carlos Bravo - a nucleus public school serving more than 900 students in the heart of Granada, Nicaragua. Our dream to introduce robotics programming to underserved communities here was realized despite the challenges facing Nicaragua during the last 18 months. Equipment donations from The Community Bots and their partner, John Richardson of St. Joseph Academy, enabled us to implement a 160-hour digital literacy program to students and teachers prior to the robotics training. The Community Bots generous donation of LEGO robotics kits made it possible to enrol 35 students in the robotics program and ultimately paved the way for an ongoing after-school program that has committed to competing in the LEGO World Robot Olympiad. It was a pleasure to watch master teachers at work -- Jack and Karen -- not only maintained student and teacher engagement for the entire two weeks but did so in a way that educators here can apply new teaching and learning strategies in their classrooms. The course design itself was superb -- integrating hands-on activities with contextual and motivational presentations -- helping to build girls' confidence in their abilities and understanding more about opportunities in the technology sectors. The Community Bots model is powerful. They plant the seeds and empower educators and students to take control of their future learning. In our case, our students and teachers have never used computers and are now on their way to building a model that all public schools in Nicaragua can duplicate. This is truly life-changing. Thank you Jack, Karen, John, and The Community Bots.”
“I register my profound gratitude to the generosity of The Community Bots that bought robotics gear and computer equipment to our school; they exposed our stakeholders (parents, teachers, students) to an entire field of robotics that complemented our National Standards Curriculum - from building to programming - that was highly interactive and fun-filled to the students and teachers! The students were able to move through the programme at their own pace, and so they were all challenged..., while having fun. It was also especially beneficial for them to see and interact with women in robotics. Jack and Vivienne were encouraging and excited about the work. They were helpful and supportive when students and teachers were stuck with a new concept. We now have the materials, skill-set and the highly motivated students to build on the knowledge acquired with our own robotics programme! We are so excited to continue this work for our girls! Thanks a million to The Community Bots whose programme was a great experience for our students and teachers.”
"Since the first day Jack and Ana approached us, we were very excited about the project. Our school’s mission has always been to provide opportunities to empower our girls by giving them equal access to quality education, especially in the STEM fields. For this reason, we didn’t hesitate to say YES to The Community Bots. The program began with the teachers´ training, which was absolutely wonderful because Ana and Jack modeled in a remarkable way how to teach robotics with energy, dynamism, and passion, which allowed our teachers, and then our students, to fall in love with the technology. The Fun with Robotics program for the girls exceeded all our expectations. Without a doubt, it broke down the gender barriers and fears that our students had about math and technology. The girls were so excited, motivated, happy, and proud of themselves for their achievements during the program. They were left with a strong desire to continue with robotics and the confidence to do so. What we liked the most was confirming that our girls have the capacity to design, construct, and program robots and to do so much more in the STEM robotics field. It is now our commitment to build upon the success of this summer and to offer this pedagogy and resources to more and more students in our school. Thankfully, The Community Bots has provided us with all the tools and equipment to do this."
"The Community Bots program, Fun with Robotics, was an incredibly transformative summer experience for our The Young Women's Leadership School of Queens students. I have conducted countless classroom and program observations over the years, but this was the first time not a single student noticed me entering the room! Every student was completely captivated with the content that was being shared by the robotics facilitators. The Fun with Robotics program taught students how to embrace failure and to use it as an opportunity to improve. It empowered students and truly put them in the driver seat of their own learning.The Community Bots program also allowed students to leverage their leadership and collaborate with each other. Moreover, the presentations about different STEM jobs for women were incredibly inspiring for the girls. I hope they remember what was said to them because I will never forget what it meant to hear someone tell them that they have all the skills and capabilities to potentially work for technology companies around the world."
"Although I was a bit weary even when we initiated conversation of bringing the program to Good Shepherd, the experience of the summer program left me completely awestruck. All the participants, even the initially reluctant ones, were incredibly engaged and focused, remarkably, through some of the hottest days of the summer. We had a very wide spectrum of students participate in the program; from the naturally gifted to those that struggle academically. A testament to the patience and enthusiasm of Ana and Jack, they were able to bring out the best of all children and had them all working at the same level. My co-teacher and I, throughout the program, marveled at the participation of all the students. The program itself has been created masterfully to be both challenging and entertaining. They did not realize they were learning so much because they were having too much fun. Rather than continually looking at the clock towards break time they had to be dragged away from their robots and asked several times to stop at dismissal. The joy and excitement on the last day spoke volumes of how successful the program was at GSS. We are proud of our children’s accomplishments and eternally grateful to Ana, Jack, and The Community Bots for their generosity."
"The Community Bots is an incredible program that brings STEM Robotics training to girls in disadvantaged communities. When Jack and Ana presented the idea of coming to Nicaragua to teach our middle school age girls robotics at NicaPhoto and to train our teachers, we were thrilled with the idea. We selected a group of 25 girls to participate. The girls ranged from very good students in the public school to students that have a variety of difficulties ranging from emotional to academic. The program engaged ALL of the girls and kept their interest and attention. I was impressed to see even the students with the most difficulty in school doing the math calculations on the fly, participating in the discussions, and excelling in the class. During the week, the girls had a day off from school and were scheduled for robotics class from 8am - 12pm. The girls decided as a group to ask Jack and Ana if they could have robotics class ALL day because they didn't have school. The critical thinking and love of learning was wonderful to watch develop during the week. The project-based curriculum is formidable. Jack and Ana are both remarkable teachers and incredibly kind and generous. It was an inspirational week for all involved, and we are grateful to know Jack and Ana and for the opportunity to participate in The Community Bots program."
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"The Community Bots program was a great experience for our students. They were exposed to an entire field of robotics - from building to programming - that was completely new to them! The students were able to move through the program at their own pace and so they were all challenged. It was especially beneficial for them to see examples of women in robotics. Jack and Ana were encouraging and excited about the work and helpful when students were stuck. We now have the materials and knowledge and student interest to start our own robotics program! We are so excited to continue this work for our girls thanks to the generosity of The Community Bots! "