R Cubed: Rural Robotics Revolution
Who We Are
Firia Labs makes tools and curriculum that demystify how technology works so people can be creators and not just consumers. We offer physical hardware and standards-aligned curriculum that teaches robotics and Python programming to middle and high school students. Our project-based learning approach makes it easy for any teacher to offer computer science in their classroom - no STEM background required.
Our Amazing Funder
Thanks to a generous contribution from Infosys Foundation USA, Firia Labs is launching R3 (R Cubed): Rural Robotics Revolution, a course designed to increase access to and capacity for computer science education.
Who qualifies for R3?
R3 was created to meet the needs of rural K-12 teachers, especially those who are working to bring computer science to underrepresented groups. First preference will be given to educators from areas with populations of roughly 50,000 or less.
However, if you are working in an educational setting with challenges similar to those found in a rural area (e.g. Title I in an urban area), we encourage you to apply by clicking on this link.
How many people can participate?
Participation is currently limited to 100 rural teachers across the United States. If selected, you will be placed into 1 of 2 cohorts of 50. You will move through the program with your cohort as a collective.
What will I receive?
If chosen to participate in R3, you'll be given a JumpStart Solo kit and receive 2 full days of virtually delivered professional development focusing on the curriculum, lesson planning, classroom strategies, and basic Python coding you'll need to confidently teach your students.
Participants will receive 2 full days (12 hours) of professional development in January.
Cohort A: Jan 21 - 22, 2021
Cohort B: Jan 28 - 29, 2021
What are the benefits of the JumpStart Python curriculum?
The JumpStart Python curriculum has the following features:
- Project Based: All of the content is delivered through Project Based Lessons that begin and end with examples of real world applications of the computer programming concept they are learning.
- Authentic Tasks: Students learn an industry standard, text-based programming language which is used by professionals in data science and engineering.
- Career Readiness: Students are taught the social conventions used by software engineers such as creating work products that can be easily used by others in a team setting.
- High Engagement: Physical computing engages both the heads and the hands of students. This combined with each project being like "a day in the life of a software engineer" makes computer science more appealing to learners, especially young girls.
How much does it cost to participate?
There is no cost for you to participate in R3. The JumpStart Solo kit is yours to keep along with a perpetual curriculum license that can be used by one person at a time.
Using the JumpStart Python Curriculum in your class might require an additional investment. Prices will vary based on the number of students and method of delivery.
As an R3 participant, you will be connected with organizations already engaged in efforts to bring robotics, makerspaces, and computer programming to your area. If you need financial support to bring computer science to your classroom, we will help you navigate that process.
How do I apply?
Applications can be submitted online using the link below. In addition to telling us more about you and the students you serve, please be prepared to upload a Statement of Personal Commitment when you apply.
Wanna be a part of R3? Yes! I'm ready to join the Rural Robotics Revolution!