This is the true story of seventeen strangers picked to work together and have their experiences documented to find out what happens when people stop being polite and start being real… and building robots.
Becky’s seventh grade Robotics class has two months to solve a real-world problem and build a robot that navigates through an obstacle course all while exhibiting positive attitudes, cooperation and professionalism. The class is participating in the 2014 First Lego League Challenge and, on November 2nd, they will compete against local schools in order to move on to the next round of competitions. The judges at the Challenge will look for robots that are agile, strong, and adept at maneuvering. Each team will also formally present their research project and process to the judges, showing how the team has improved how people learn motivation, personal grit, or hand-eye coordination in athletics. Finally, the judges will grill each team on how well they worked together as a group, asking them for specific examples of how they communicated with one another, how they addressed challenges in their dynamics, and how they came together as a team.
In addition to the Solve a Problem component, Lego provided the students with a course they built as a starting point in the robotics portion of the challenge. Then, they had to design a robot that could maneuver through the course while adhering to the design parameters outlined by Lego. Students have been working on their robots and their research project simultaneously since the beginning of school and are gearing up for the competition. So next time you see one of the 7th grade Robotics students, ask them how their projects and robots are coming along and stop by Becky’s Robotics class to check out the amazing work these students are doing.