The 7th and 8th grade robotics club will begin during the 2nd nine weeks of school. New 7th grade members will be accepted and the former 8th grade robotics members will act as mentors.
We are very excited to lead the robotics club again this year as a part of the Diocesan Robotics Initiative! The diocese works in collaboration with Red Stick Robotics, which has robotics programs in many middle schools that feed in to high school programs and even college level programs. Their goal is to increase enrollment in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) programs. We also hope to have a fun time!
- Mr. and Mrs. Berkley
About the Robotics Club
There are two components to robotics: building the robot itself and programming the robot using a computer program. At the meetings, we will be building robots using the Lego Mindstorms NXT kits by following detailed directions and using creative solutions to add sensors to the robot. Then we will be using complex computer programming software to load instructions onto the robot. Club members will be following instructions while they learn how the robot and program works, and once a basic understanding is gained, they will be given challenges to complete using their knowledge. Last year we competed in the Nation WWII Museum’s Robotics Challenge in New Orleans.
Because we only have several robot kits at this time, club membership has to be selective. One requirement is a high math grade. This requirement ensures that the student will be able to be successful in the complicated process of computer programming, building, and problem solving. Self-control, a good work ethic, and an ability to follow instructions and work with others are also required for being in the club. We assess these abilities through classroom observation and reserve the right to ask a student to leave the club if he or she is disruptive or unengaged in the club’s activities during meetings.
We are requiring a club fee for all members so that we can fund the purchasing of new robotics kits in order to allow more students to participate in the years to come. If you are accepted into the club, we will let you know how much it will be (not to be over $30).
We usually meet one day every school week from 3:00 to 4:30. You may bring snacks to eat after school during the club, and an adult should be able to pick you up at the church carpool gates at 4:30. Application forms will be sent home once Robotics begins this year.