Community Outreach Ministry provides "Gearing Up For STEM" mentor-protege workshop


Last updated 4/27/2018 at 8:41am


Wildomar Elementary School students tour the robots at a workshop made possible by Community Outreach Ministry and an educational gift from Jonay Cordeiro of Wells Fargo Lake Elsinore.

WILDOMAR – Community Outreach Ministry, a nonprofit organization in Wildomar, is an advocate for needy and at-risk children, mentoring positive social, safety, educational and vocational opportunities. Community Outreach Ministry conducted two workshops in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in Title 1 schools for students at Wildomar Elementary and Lakeland Village. The goals of Title 1 school are improving the academic achievement of disadvantaged children.

Community Outreach Ministry has invested in "Gearing Up For STEM" mentor-protege workshops, using fun mechanic kits to give students an opportunity to fabricate their own robots. Twenty-four students in the Lake Elsinore Unified School District were the beneficiaries who were taught to assemble robots. Twelve robot kits were donated to fourth and fifth graders at the Wildomar Elementary School, March 22, in Wildomar. An additional 12 robots were donated to eighth graders at Lakeland Village School, March 27, in Lake Elsinore.

"Gearing Up For STEM" mentor-protege workshops were approved by the school principals as a single afterschool program from 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. The objective of the STEM workshop was to introduce beginner students to basic robotics. The volunteer teaching team was made up of engineers, grandparents, parents and students. An introductory STEM video was shared, and the students were encouraged to jump in. Tables were set up for the students with individual placemats and tool boxes to keep mechanic kit parts safe and students organized while working in small groups. Students were organized into four teams by robot type: a hand, a crab, a can and a brush. Once all the robots were assembled and wired, the students had fun playing and racing the robots. The students were excited using the "tools of the trade," while also practicing reading skills and attention to details regarding drawing instructions. Together the children learned lessons in teamwork and accomplished goals surrounding building a robot; skills and lessons comparable to real world on-the-job experience.

Jonay Cordeiro, branch manager of Wells Fargo Lake Elsinore Main, Inland Crossroads, donated an educational gift to Community Outreach Ministry. With the educational gift, the Community Outreach Ministry conducted the workshop. The students followed step-by-step instructions that also served to enhance dexterity and performing tasks with small parts, screws and tools; creating a hands-on experience that achieved many age-appropriate educational goals.

Community Outreach Ministry is raising scholarships to send needy children to summer camp for youngsters elementary through high school ages. Each scholarship is about $250 per camper for three nights and includes transportation, food, lodging and recreational activities. Donations in any amount help positively impact campers with a life-changing adventure. Donations are accepted at or call (951) 698-7650.


The TRON Meccano robot demonstrates science, technology, engineering and mathematics to students at Lakeland Village School, during a workshop with Community Outreach Ministry.


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