Middle School Robotics

robotics

We are excited to get this year’s robotics season underway and wanted to notify you of about scheduling plans and a few changes for our after school Robotics Club. The club will continue to meet two days a week from 3:00-5:00 PM during Fall and Winter trimesters. This year we are offering two options for students. Students will decide on a program at the beginning of the year and carry on with that program through January. After competition season is over, we will use our remaining time to help students from both programs to expand their skill set with group challenges and personal projects using Lego robotics as well as other platforms including Arduino.

The two programs we are offering this year are:

First Lego League
As we have in the past we will be fielding teams that will prepare for and compete in the local FLL competition. FLL teams spend the months leading up to winter break, building and programming robots, developing projects and presentations, and fine tuning their teamwork skills to go up against other teams from the area. Last year we completed our fourth year of FLL and sent our first team to regional qualifiers!

Waterbotics
This will be our first year offering waterbotics. In waterbotics students will engage in a series of design challenges or “missions” that gradually increases in complexity and ultimately leads to a fully functional underwater robot capable of maneuvering in a three foot deep pool. This introduces students to the concept of iterative design and demonstrates the value of testing and redesign. There is no competition associated with the waterbotics curriculum.

There is no experience level needed for either option, and while we encourage students to attend twice a week, we understand schedules are busy and will work with any student who is interested in being a part of the club. That said we are also interested in fielding an FLL team where students DO commit to practice twice a week along with a few Saturday practices as we approach competiton.

Last year we fielded our first all-girls FLL team which was a big success and we want to keep that as an option for those who are interested.

Because of growing interest in the club, we would like to allow students some choice in determining which two days they will meet.  If your child is interested in joining the club, please click on the link below to fill out information about your child’s availability.  We will create teams based on this availability and send out a follow-up email by the end of next week.

Please fill out this form!

There will be a meeting on Tuesday, September 5, at lunch for any student who is interested in finding out more about the club. Practices will begin the week of September 12.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions about the club!  You can reach us at msrobotics@seattleacademy.org.

Thanks,

The MS Robotics Team
Chelsea Wilcox
David Pynchon
Lewis Maday-Travis
Mark Zavala