Fernbank LINKS offers middle and high school students a STEM organization based program at Fernbank Science Center. The program is devoted to building robots, developing minds and changing lives. The Fernbank LINKS team is made up of students from 22 different schools in the Atlanta area including public, private and home schools.
Fernbank LINKS is designed to inspire a passion for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in students, with a focus on introducing children and young adults to the possibilities and rewards of the STEM fields through education and hands-on experience, leadership skills and the technical knowledge necessary to pursue careers in these fields and succeed in a global community.
Fernbank LINKS programs include Science Night Out, which offers hands-on STEM activities led by Fernbank scientists, LINKS Robotics high school students, and mentors of the LINKS Robotics team.
The Fernbank Robotics Competition Team 4468 has competed in the FIRST Robotics Competition since 2013. The competition challenges student with strict guidelines with the guidance of volunteer mentors to build and program robots to perform challenging tasks against a field of competitors. Teams must raise funds, design a team brand and perform community outreach. Fernbank Robotics participants are eligible to apply for over $25 million in college Scholarships.
Since 2004, Fernbank’s Georgia BEST Team 97 has competed in Georgia BEST, another competition to challenge mastery in technology and design. The teams are to fill a plywood box with miscellaneous items and a BRAIN (BEST Robotics Advanced Instruction Node programmable platform) to build and design a functioning machine able to perform specific tasks in a six week time frame.
To sign up for the 2017 Season of Science Night Out and find out more visit: fernbanklinks.com.