“School Champion” • Jr Botball 2018-19 Kickoff • Thur, Oct 4th • Wilson Middle School

Students attending the SD Botball Regional Tournament!

“We will be kicking off the School Year with a meeting of the School Champions on Thursday, October 4, from 4:30 to 5:30pm at Wilson Middle School ( 3838 Orange Ave., San Diego, 92105)..  There will be familiar School Champions present, as well as some new Champions to meet, and it is always encouraging to have Rotary well represented at this initial meeting of the School Champions.

I view Rotary’s role as a facilitator for STEM projects, and some new projects will be presented to the Champions, as well as the popular Jr. Botball Robotics program.

Our Lead Coordinators this year will again be Phet Pease and Lily Vu Brown, and attached is Phet’s invitation to the School Champions and Principals to attend.”

Best of regards,
Doug Arbon
San Diego Rotary STEM Committee


Greetings Champions and Principals,

My name is Phet Pease and I teach STEM electives at Wilson Middle School. Over the past several years, Wilson has been working with the San Diego Rotary Club as part of their Rotary STEM Initiative, which makes a variety of STEM programs available to local schools. On behalf of the Hoover Cluster STEM leadership team, I would like to invite you to our STEM kick off meeting on Thursday, October 4th.

  • WHO: Hoover Cluster STEM Champions (or those who aspire to become one!)
  • WHERE: Wilson Middle School, 3838 Orange Ave, SD, CA 92105 in the library
  • WHEN: Thursday, October 4th from 4:30 – 5:30 PM
  • WHAT: Teaming up to provide more STEM opportunities for our students
  • WHY: To provide a Support Group for STEM champions across the Hoover Cluster

Light food and beverages will be provided! Each participating Hoover Cluster school that is represented at the meet up will receive a free gift for your site!

Please extend this invitation to other colleagues at your school site or anyone else who you think might be interested! Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks,

Phet Pease

Thank You KISS Institute for Another Great Global Conference for Educational Robotics!

Jeff Major Provided Live Commentary

This  year’s Global Conference on Educational Robotics (GCER) combined:


The 2018 Global Conference on Educational Robotics (GCER) was held July 25, 2018 – July 29 at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa in Indian Wells, California.

Check-in @ GCER International Robotics Competition

International Botball!

This  year’s Global Conference on Educational Robotics (GCER) combined:

2018 San Diego Botball Challenge @ USD!

Thank You to All Who Attended! ◊ A  few slides from San Diego’s Spring Botball Challenge:

Thank you to USD Engineering for hosting and to all teams and mentors and volunteers for another great San Diego BotBall Challenge!

Students from ages 6 to 18 spent the day solving coding, applied mathematics, and engineering problems…  time flies when you’re having fun!

Let’s get our kids in the game!

11 Jr Botball Challenges to Solve • Botball @ USD!

See you April 21st @ San Diego Botball & Jr Botball Challenge!

Time: 8 am – 2 pm • Location: University of San Diego  • Schedule (see below)


Jr Botballers: Get ready to teach your robot to solve these challenges!


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San Diego Jr Botball® 2017 Challenge • Hoover High

Thank You to All Students, Teachers, and Parents for A Great Day at Hoover High
Hoover Cluster: 10 Elementary Schools • 2 Middle Schools • 1 High School

  • Thank You  Hoover High Robotics Club & Students for Hosting the “Challenge”
  • Special Thanks to the San Diego Rotary Club STEM Committee for their support!

This Saturday we introduced the K-2 Challenges using the Probot® robot for younger children:

Early Learning Advantage!™ ⇒ Programming • Problem-Solving • Applied Mathematics!


Hoover High School is hosting a Junior Botball® Challenge event on Sat, November 11, 2017 at the small gym. This event will be free and open to the public → DIRECTIONS

  • Students: drop by to “Take the Jr Botball Challenge” any time between 9 AM & 12 AM.
  • This event is open to all registered Junior Botball® Challenge teams.
  • Registered teams do not have to pay an additional fee to participate, but each school’s Botball coordinator must complete the sign-up form for this event (link below).

There are 6 Challenges at this event: Challenges 1, 2, 5, 9, 11, & Dance Party Challenge.

Challenges 1, 2, & 5 are for the beginner level, Challenges 9 & 11 will be for the intermediate level & the 6th challenge will be a mystery revealed onsite.

  • JBC Challenge 2: Ring Around the Can (beginning)- The robot will drive out and around the can in circle 6, and return to the starting area.
  • JBC Challenge 1: Tag You’re It (beginning)- The robot will drive to the can in circle 9, touch it, and return to the starting area.
  • JBC Challenge 5: Dance Party (beginning)-

Dance Party participants will receive a completion award when the robot “dances” to the music provided by the students and completes all of the performance standards:

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2016-2017: “Arts & Sciences Academy” Students Shine @ Jr Botball Event

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, 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 Challenge:
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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