Robotics Opportunities for Students at Westwood

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Robots in the Classroom - How Cool!
Posted on 05/02/2017

Westwood is also offering an awesome opportunity to all of our sixth grade students thanks to funding provided by the WV Department of Education through the Office of Diversion and Transition and support through NASA IV and V and Monongalia County Schools.  Through this collaboration, each sixth grader will get to be on a robotics team.  Students will work in teams through their science classes to build and program Lego robots to compete on a game board.  Students try to program the robots to complete game board missions for points in the game.  Towards the end of the semester, a competition will be held at Westwood for these teams to determine which team can score the most points.  These LEGO teams will also compete in teamwork challenges and the Animal Allies project.  In the project, students will research to determine a problem that animals and humans have with co-existing and devise innovative ways to solve that issue. 

This STEM endeavor will also continue in seventh grade where students once again work in teams to build and program robots for a different game challenge along with competing in teamwork and project.  All seventh graders will compete on a school level, and a few of the winning teams from the school competition will go on to participate in the state level LEGO Robotics Competition. 

This is an exciting adventure for our sixth grade students.  The school competition in May will be open to parents.  We hope that parents and community members will able to attend and see what students have learned over the semester.  Parents, community members, and students who are interested in learning more may visit FIRST LEGO League Robotics and/ orVEX Robotics.