Robot Springboard:  Non-Profit Robotics and Computing Enrichment Programs                                                                                                            


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Robot Springboard is a non-profit organization created to help encourage and develop robotics programs in local communities that would otherwise have challenges starting robotics programs or participating in activities such as FIRST.  


In July of 2012, Robot Springboard was incorporated in Pennsylvania as a non-profit organization and is recognized as a tax exempt 501c3 charitable organization by the Internal Revenue Service.


You can read an article about us and listen to a National Public Radio interview about our work here.  In the new window that opens just click on the play button next to the speaker at the top left of the page.


Robot Springboard presents educational demonstrations to local communities, libraries and schools to give them greater exposure to the field of robotics.

Hannah Tipperman and Rachael Tipperman co-founders of Robot Springboard holding sign in Homer Alaska site of first robotics camp for children


We also hold seminars for communities to educate parents and children on how they can form their own robotics clubs and teams to participate in activities such as First Lego League and Junior First Lego League.


Robot Springboard travels to outside communities that are interested in starting a robotics program but would benefit from assistance in the educational and start up process.  You can learn more about our community service projects by following the links above.

                                                                                                   


What Makes Robot Springboard Unique?                                             

1.  We are founded and run by

     teenagers.

2.  We believe in a model of 

     "peer-to-peer learning".

3.   We are a non-profit

      organization dedicated to

      helping communities 

      develop robotics programs.



What is "Peer-to-Peer Learning?"

Often the phrase "peer-to-peer teaching" is used.  This form of teaching is very effective since in many instances students are most comfortable when being taught by their peers.  However, we prefer the term "peer-to-peer learning" since the "teaching" part makes it seem like a one-way street when in reality it's a two-way street with everyone learning something.  We've found that, in trying to teach others about robotics, we've learned a tremendous amount as well.  First off, you never really understand a complex concept until you have to be able to explain it and teach it to others.  Secondly, we've been impressed when teaching others how they view things from a different perspective and ask incredibly insightful or far-reaching questions that challenge us to learn more or think differently about a concept or problem.