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“Arts & Sciences Academy” Students Shine in Jr Botball Robotics Tournament

In this ⇒ Video Clip two students on the Arts & Sciences Academy Robotics Team solve the “Serpentine Challenge” in Saturday’s Junior Botball Robotics Tournament in San Diego.

The tournament was organized by Jeff Major:

The Arts & Sciences Academy Robotics Team of Dharma and Martina were the ONLY team to solve all 5 challenges in the tournament! (their code is below the “read more” tag) Arts & Sciences Academy student Max Fastlicht, arriving near the end of the morning also finished 4 out of 5 challenges before running out of time!

Since the weekend’s tournament the MISD robotics team students have moved on to the second level of Jr Botball: Learning about Sensors, Light Energy & the Electromagnetic Spectrum, Digital vs Analog inputs, and more…!


Jr Botball is a program designed to get American kids playing the “game” of Math & Science at an early age. 3rd graders and up learn to program in Objective C to “teach” their robots to solve a series of challenges that require them to understand coding, electronics, sensors, simple machines, and more:

CA Math & Science Championship:
Programming • Problem-Solving • Applied Mathematics • sTEm Design

To see the CODE the girls wrote to solve the serpentine challenge…and more photos from the Tournament…

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21st Century “Mind Tools” • How to Choose a Robot for Your Early Learning Math & Science Program

Image14 * Probot Racer Robot

Early Learning robots can serve as the basis of a powerful problem-solving curriculum that will help young children begin to develop the habit of creative, independent problem solving while introducing them to the key technologies of the modern Information Age.” But…

… It’s Not About the Robots!

The Robots Change, Year-by-Year

There are many different programmable robots on wheels, which one should you choose?


The Pedagogical Advantages of Programmable Robots

“Whatever I cannot recreate for myself I do not understand.” — Richard Feynmann, Nobel Laureate in Physics

  • Early Learning robots should encourage children to work with their hands and to move around their environment.

“The hand is the instrument of the intellect.”  — Dr. Maria Montessori

As With All Well-designed Manipulatives:

  • Early Learning robots provide a medium through which to explore the world.
  • Early Learning robots allow for meaningful play (closely related to creativity): play that reveals to children the secrets of their environment.
  • Early Learning robots provide a material path to abstraction: i.e., a material, or concrete, way for children to model abstract concepts like length, angle, or negative vs. positive numbers.

Unlike Inert, Passive, Show-&-Tell Manipulatives:
(And many electronic games, toys, and computer “educational” software)

  • Early Learning robots can be multi-use: an exploration, modeling, & problem solving tool.
  • Early Learning robots are not limited to rigid or prescribed (pre-programmed) uses or behaviors: children can explore their environment creatively, testing and refining their concepts of it as they go. Continue reading