Bobby Todd Gets Kids in the U.S. Excited about Robotics


When I talk about Robotech STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics), a project that’s part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, one word comes to my mind, PASSION. My project was selected for funding by the Bayer Volunteering Program 2015and it’s truly changing the lives of boys and girls by giving them a fun and educational outlet to the field of robotics.

Students work together to design their robot all while using science and technology principles.
A team works on their individual responsibilities with the goal of building their Lego Mindstorms robot.

Using Lego Mindstorms, a self-contained kit that provides an introduction to robotics, students, working in groups, use the kits and tutorials to build and program a robot that interacts with its environment in many ways. I currently have a robotics team aged 14-18 that started in the program in 2014 and this is their third year in the project. They also work with local college programs and get a taste for STEM which is an invaluable experience.

A volunteer looks on and provides advice for a group of students looking over instructions.

The funds provided by the Bayer Cares Foundation will help purchase four kits and four computer maps that go with the kits. This makes a direct impact to help more students get involved and engaged and I’m very excited about that.

As a kid, I participated in the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and now as a board of director for the last five years and as a volunteer, I can give back. Volunteering is my way of helping kids in need and through the project they have a chance to shape their future.