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Robotics

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.

Are you looking for a fun and educational after school class for your child? We have just what you need! Our after school robotics class offers a unique blend of engineering and programming skills, coupled with teamwork and friendly competition. This is an after school class for students in first through fourth grade. No prior experience is necessary. Everyone is welcome! If you would like to register your child for this class, then bookmark the following link for your child’s grade level and be prepared to register online, September 6th at noon when the link becomes live.

This program is offered on a first come, first served basis. Registering your child will time stamp your registration. When class capacity is reached your child will be placed on a wait list. A follow up email will be sent to all families who register online informing families of their registration status within 48 hours.

1st through 3rd grade Coordinator: Jennifer Olson 

First grade

Second grade

Third grade

Jr. FLL is the foundation for learning basic programming and building skills for robotics.  The students begin in 1st grade by learning about simple machines and by 3rd grade they apply their skills in real world applications and problem solving.  These are traits that will help to prepare students for the rigor and team competitions of the 4th-8th grade robotics program.  Students utilize graphical programming through Lego WeDo and teachers lead the students through established curriculum.

Junior FLL Robotics —Grades 1-3: Using LEGO ‘WeDo’ kits, 1st grade students learn the basic principles of simple machines and use these principles to discover how to build simple mechanisms. In addition, they learn the basic principles of computer programming. 2nd graders also use simple machines to delve into more complex mechanisms and programming concepts. As students advance, 3rd graders learn how to calculate gear ratios and determine the mechanical advantage of simple machines.  The 3rd grade will be utilizing WeDo 2.0 which enables students and teachers to advance in programming applications. In Winter the 3rd grade students, led by parent coaches and supported by the 3rd grade robotics coach, will enter the First LEGO League Junior Expo at LEGOLAND where they present their models and posters to a panel of judges.  The 1st and 2nd graders will present their own project and poster at the Open House celebration in March.

Are you looking for a fun and educational after school class for your child? We have just what you need! Our after school robotics class offers a unique blend of engineering and programming skills, coupled with teamwork and friendly competition. This is an after school class for students in first through fourth grade. No prior experience is necessary. Everyone is welcome! If you would like to register your child for this class, then bookmark the following link for your child’s grade level and be prepared to register online, September 6th at noon when the link becomes live.

This program is offered on a first come, first served basis. Registering your child will time stamp your registration. When class capacity is reached your child will be placed on a wait list. A follow up email will be sent to all families who register online informing families of their registration status within 48 hours.

4th through 6th grade Coordinator: John Galipault 

Fourth grade

FLL Intro Robotics—Grades 4-5: Students learn to program NXT and EV3 robots using a variety of sensors (color, sound, touch, ultrasonic, gyroscopic, etc.). This introductory First Lego League Program helps prepare students for our FLL program the following year. Students follow along on a self-paced video trainer and receive challenges by the instructor to perform and master before moving on to the next programming challenge.

FLL Robotics—Grades 5-7: Student teams enter the First LEGO League Contest where they design, build, and program autonomous robots to accomplish a number of missions on a game table based on the current year’s challenge. Students, along with their coaches and mentors, develop a sense of teamwork and camaraderie as they hone both their robotic and presentation skills in a competitive environment.

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 gamepad. 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.