How and why do robots move? What is the difference between coding and programming? Our elementary students will explore the how’s and the why's of basic robotics in a fun and engaging learning environment. AATF robotics students will learn subjects like computer science, math, engineering, etc. through active, hands-on applications using several different models of robots and drones. Our students will also learn important 21st century learning skill sets through creativity, computational thinking and teamwork. Our goal is to provide real-world learning experiences that will promote leadership through technology and cooperative problem solving. Our students will be competing in the Wonder League Robotics Competition using Dash and Dot in the fall/spring. The elementary curriculum is designed to align with the CTSA standards, ITSA standards and Code.org’s Computer Science Fundamentals series.
Middle School Robotics
Our middle school robotics program seeks to provide our students with robotics and research project challenges that enhance their STEM skills through hands-on, student-centered learning. Students will learn lifelong skills in teamwork, leadership, communications and more. This year our middle school students will be involved in technology leadership opportunities offered through the VEX-IQ Challenge and the Technology Student Association (TSA). Our robotics curriculum is designed with lessons that are aligned to the Common Core, Next Generation Science and Technological Literacy standards.
Academic and Behavior Guidelines
There are academic and behavior guidelines for all robotics students (K-8). Our robotics students will be representing our school in local, state and national competitions which require students to maintain positive markings academically and behaviorally while at school and during after-school on-campus programs/activities. All Academy Robotics students must maintain a satisfactory ranking in all academics and social growth/work habits, which will be reported quarterly directly from the teachers/staff members. Satisfactory marks are identified as a “C” or higher for grades 3 and up and a “S” or higher for grades K-2.
Any robotic student that is not in compliance with a satisfactory level will be issued a written warning with a plan of action. After a written warning and the student is still not in compliance with a satisfactory average, the student will be dismissed from the program. If at any time there is a serious character infraction by a robotic student that resulted in a referral or more, immediate dismissal from the robotic program will be considered.
The robotics program will meet Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 2:30-3:30 each week. If there isn't school on a Monday, the Monday group will then meet on the Friday of that same week. (For example, there is no school on Sept. 3rd so the Monday group will meet Friday, Sept. 7th instead.)
No meetings during Thanksgiving break, Winter break, and Spring break.
The robotics days will be grouped based on grade level and competition teams. Grade levels and students names will be determined after Open House and general robotic registration email.
Please contact Wendy Briscoe (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions about the robotic camps.