Let's Get Our Kids in the Game! • K-8 Programming, Problem-Solving, Applied Math
Category: MathScience “CHALLENGE-EVENTS”
How do CA Math & Science K-8 CHALLENGE EVENTS differ from traditional robotics Tournaments?
1. Students do not compete against other teams.
2. They work, individually or with other classmates, to earn Badges, by solving the Project-Challenges.
3. They pass each Project-Challenge by “teaching” their robot to solve the challenge (Pro-bots for K-2; Botball for Grades 3-8)
4. Attendance is open through-out the Saturday morning so that students can attend the CA Math & Science CHALLENGE without giving up their weekend games or other events (they often show up in uniform).
5. The Project-Challenges are often challenges they have worked on in school or after-school robotics club but now EVERY CHILD gets to demonstrate mastery (which doesn’t always happen in the clubs or in-school robotics class), and earn their own button-badges!
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, 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: