The Monsanto Fund supports FIRST Robotics teams in communities in which our employees live and work. This program inspires young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build necessary skills, inspire innovation, and foster well-rounded life capabilities such as self-confidence, communication, and leadership.
The First Lego League is having their annual tournament right here in Rochester next weekend (Dec 8/9). It is a real blast - more than a hundred kids pack Willow Creek Middle School and are bubbling over with excitement about showing off their robots! Mark Schleusner is looking for volunteers for all kinds of positions and most of them are non-technical. If you can't volunteer, come out and cheer on the main competition in the auditorium between 9:30 am and noon! You can see all the positions here:
The Boys and Girls Club of Rochester runs an "Hour of Code" on the second Wednesday of every month for ages 8-14. Students choose their activities and mentors simply help them when they get stuck. No coding experience is required as most activities are visual puzzles and the students usually just need help understanding the instructions.
The RAYTC is offering a "Light up your art!" session at the Middle School Young Authors Young Artists (YAYA) conference on October 25th and 26th. We are looking for 3 high school students to volunteer (one or both days) from 9 am to 2 pm. Sign up is here: https://www.volunteersignup.org/7TF73 or contact us with questions!
It has been a BUSY summer at the RAYTC.
First, I want to thank everyone who has donated laptops, equipment and their hard-earned money to our fundraiser. In just 6 months, we have provided 62 students at 4 high schools with refurbished laptops and home internet access.
The Boys and Girls Club of Rochester is hosting their first "CoderDojo". The curriculum and instruction is all provided, but we need six volunteers each month to help the students with one-on-one attention.
NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED! We are just looking for adults who can model a desire to learn.
If you can spare 2 hours of your time on the second Wednesday of any month, please sign up here:
Do you have a question that is not answered here? Please send us an email.
Dynamic ITAD is a secure recycling facility in Onalaska, WI that works with large companies that need to dispose of old hardware. They heard about the RAYTF laptop program and have just sent us 10 refurbished laptops ready to go! Thank you!
The Lourdes High School "Technocrats" is looking for a mentor.
Technovation[MN] brought the Global Technovation Challenge to Minnesota in 2014. The Technovation Challenge is the largest and longest-running global technology competition exclusively for girls to inspire the pursuit of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).