Robotics: FTC (Grades 7-8)
Students master the principles of robotics as they learn to build and program autonomous robots. They examine the mechanical and programming aspects using LEGO Education’s We-Do, NXT, EV3 and Tetrix kits. Students learn how to program their robots using software developed by National Instruments as they progress from 1st – 8th grade. Curriculum materials developed by the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon enable students to learn at their own pace. Advanced students build more powerful robots made with metal components and programmed with more sophisticated languages.
FTC Robotics—Grades 7-8: The First Tech Challenge (FTC) program delves into more advanced engineering and programming concepts. Students are challenged to design robots using metal components, along with a variety of sensors, to compete in a 12’ by 12’ arena. During the contest, robots compete in both “autonomous” and “driver controlled” modes using a game pad. They must work cooperatively and competitively as they are paired up with other teams to accomplish the tasks set before them.
The dedication and effort put forth by our parent volunteers is the key to our program’s success. Volunteers work with coaches and students/teams after school and on weekends as well as attending competitions! To volunteer, please contact us below!
In addition to our after school robotics programs, the school offers a year-long FTC elective course and a trimester FLL enrichment for our middle school students. They are exposed to a variety of programming languages and confronted with a number of challenges.
Summer camps are offered to students of various abilities. The camp atmosphere allows students to focus and hone their robotic skills in an exciting environment which concludes with friendly competitions.