As IMC, our goal is to minimize the differences caused by the inequality of opportunities between our peers. For this reason, we visit schools in regions that do not have the proper conditions, and we tell them about robotics and organize various activities. In this way, we introduce them STEM and the FIRST Foundation and FIRST contests.
As part of this project, we went to Diyarbakır in February 2018, Giresun in February 2019, Sinop in February 2019, and Eskişehir in November 2021. We totally visited 17 schools and introduced the FIRST Foundation and FIRST principles to nearly 3600 students, more than half of them were girls. We organized entertaining workshops and introduced them to robotics, and we also showed that girls could also be successful as much as men in this game. Within the scope of one of the workshops we organized, we let the children design their dream robots by using their creativity and build their designs by using LEGO sets. In addition, with the “Longest Tower” event, we wanted students to build their towers in the most efficient way by drawing attention to the requirements of teamwork. Apart from these, we have taught programming to the students in a fun way with our “EV3 Programming” workshops.
We visited Eskişehir province which is the northernmost part of our country this year. During this visit, we instilled FIRST values in village schools and schools where children with limited opportunities were educated. As a result of one-to-one and group training with more than 300 students, we have opened 1 FLL team. We informed and developed children interested in robotics. As IMC, we are aware that the whole world is going through a difficult time because of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we keep on creating projects in order to spread FIRST values. Because of COVID-19, we don't have the chance to travel to rural areas. For this reason, we decided to organize Hit The Road IMC Digital to reach out to children who do not have enough opportunities. Through this project, we got the chance to meet with children from Balıkesir Balıklı Primary School. We introduce them to robotics, STEM, and FIRST values with entertaining team games.