A combined group of 7th and 8th grade students participated in a semester-long Robotics class, taught by Corinne Pluche and George Speckman.
After briefly exploring what robots are, the students worked in pairs to construct a VEX IQ robot from a kit of over 800 structural parts, plus motors, robotic controller, cables, etc.
Students learn to control their robots with a remote control and are evaluated on their skills before having a tournament with the other pairs, each trying to capture and hold the most blocks.
Finally, the students must learn to calibrate and program their robots to meet and accomplish specific challenges. The students are training in engineering skills as they analyze and solve problems they encounter throughout the course. In the video below, students compete to bring home the most blocks with their robots: