Sixth grade embarks on a journey of discovery…bringing all that they have learned thus far together in meaningful ways. Robotics is a way for students to refine their teamwork and problem solving skills. They are able to showcase their investigations and discoveries through an interactive competition, First Lego League Robotics Competition. This is a nationally recognized robotics competition that includes a problem solving project, presentation, and robotics table tasks competition. Students use the scientific method to hypothesize, test and retest how things work and interact. Their problem solving skills are put to the test and prove to teach how math, science, and engineering actually work.
Students begin their robotics adventure with a task to build the fastest robot they can build. Through the “Speed-bot Challenge,” students consider all aspects of increasing the speed of a robot including gear ratios, friction, force, and design. After completing this challenge, students are tasked to incorporate sensors, programming, and attachments to complete further challenges. Students become quite skilled in robotics engineering. Once they have been introduced to each of these aspects of robotics, they are ready to start their robotics team table competition, which requires designing, engineering, programming, and building a robot to complete multiple obstacles and tasks on our official competition table.
Our student learning is enriched through the robotics classroom as well as the competition. Our sixth graders become knowledgeable in engineering and confident in their abilities to work as a team, as together they realize success.