Linking Ideas and Networking Kids with Science
Fernbank LINKS is a middle and high school STEM organization based in Fernbank Science Center devoted to building robots, developing minds, and changing lives. Our team is made up of students from 22 different schools in the Atlanta area, including public, private, and home schools.
The mission of Fernbank LINKS is to inspire a passion for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in our community, with a focus on introducing children and young adults to the possibilities and rewards of the STEM fields. We strive to ensure that our members develop, through education and hands-on experience, the leadership skills and technical knowledge necessary to succeed in a global community.
Science Night Out
Fernbank Science Center is proud to announce the Spring 2017 season of this very popular program for young students. Each Science Night Out is an evening packed with hands-on STEM(Science Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities for kids, led by Fernbank scientists, LINKS Robotics high school students, and mentors of the Fernbank LINKS Robotics team.
FIRST Robotics Competition Team 4468
Under strict rules, limited resources, and the guidance of volunteer mentors including engineers, teachers, business professionals, parents, alumni and more, teams of 25+ students have just six weeks to build and program robots to perform challenging tasks against a field of competitors. They must also raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and perform community outreach. In addition to learning valuable STEM and life skills, participants are eligible to apply for $25+ million in college scholarships.
Fernbank LINKS has competed in FRC as team 4468 since 2013.
Georgia BEST Team 97
Take plywood and a box filled with items such as PVC pipe, screws and other hardware, an irrigation valve cover, piano wire, aluminum paint grid, a bicycle inner tube, a BRAIN (BEST Robotics Advanced Instruction Node programmable platform), and something called a micro-energy chain system and try, within six weeks, to design and build a functioning machine that can perform certain, specific tasks in three minutes. What do you get?
You get BEST, a middle and high school robotics competition whose mission is to engage and excite students about engineering, science, and technology as well as inspire them to pursue careers in these fields.
Through participation in our project-based STEM program, students learn to analyzeand solve problems utilizing the Engineering Design Process, which helps them develop technological literacy skills. It is these skills that industry seeks in its workforce.
Fernbank LINKS has competed in Georgia BEST since 2004.