Directions to April 21 San Diego Botball Challenge!

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!

Junior Botball Challenge-EVENT San DIego

April 21st Schedule:

  • 8:00 am Coach Check-In
  • 9:00 am Challenges start
  • 11:30 pm Lunch on your own
  • 2:00 pm Challenges close

What do I bring?

  • Computers and charge cords
  • Robot kit
  • Robots and robot chargers
  • A power strip per team
  • Mats to practice on
  • Cans to practice with

Thank you Sponsors and Partners!


Teacher Training “Instructable”: K-2 ROBOTICS

K-2 Robotics First Day: The Power of Project Trees!

#EarlyEd, #GirlsCanCode, #CSForALL

Introducing! Jr Botball “Project-Challenge Trees”

2018 Jr Botball Project Tree • Level I
Why “Project-Challenge Trees”?

It’s not (just) about the robots!

(There are many robots you can choose for your robotics-based Early Learning Advantage STEM Program. See “How to Choose a Robot“)

What is an Active Learning Zone?  See 5-Step Active Learning Design STEM Checklist

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San Diego Jr Botball® Challenge • Hoover High, Between 9AM-12AM

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.


  • Students can drop by to “Take the Jr Botball Challenge” any time between 9 AM & 12 AM.
  • 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 at the bottom of the page.
  • This event is open to all registered Junior Botball® Challenge teams.

There will be 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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Welcome to….

The California Math & Science CHALLENGE!

A Science and Information Technology Program modeled on the US Olympic Development Program.

Three steps to developing world-class math and science “athletes”:
  • Step 1: Get young children playing the “Game” of Math & Science
  • Step 2: Identify those with a true love for that game; 
  • Step 3: Get them World-class Coaching as they prepare for Tournaments, Active Learning Design™ Contests, and Home Learning (Online Mastery) Challenges.

How Do We Create World-Class Math & Science Athletes?

Let’s Get Our Kids in the Game!

To fix American students’  decades long slide in Math & Science knowledge, we need to start American children playing the game of Math & Science at a young age! When a country wants to compete in the Olympics does it go out and recruit high school freshman to start developing soccer stars or volleyball stars? Of course not! Five or six years old is the right age to introduce young athletes to your game. We have been introducing Kindergarten to 8th Grade students to programming, problem-solving, and applied mathematics for 17 years now with great results.

To Get Here …                  →                 … Start Here

Why shouldn’t we do the same for Math & Science?

Mental Athletes: 5 to 11 Years of Age!

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Math & Science Challenge • K-6 Curriculum Sequence

  • sTEm: science Technology Engineering mathematics
  • I.T.: Information Technology

  • Early Learning Advantage: A good beginning never ends.
    Want more diversity in STEM? Want American math & science “athletes” to be stay competitive?  We need to get every American child playing the game at a young age.

TED Radio Talk: How Star Wars Energized My High School Physics Students

◊ 5th. Give Students Meaningful Challenges: “Real-world” power over their environment; Skills they can use without their Teacher!; “Real World” Work: kids want to lift Star Fighters, Save the city from monsters, not solve abstract “word problems.”

The “real world” challenges remind me of the Ted Radio talk I heard this weekend by the guy who taught high school physics and realized he was boring people to sleep by giving them tasks like “Calculate how many joules it takes to lift a  5 kg objects 3 meters…”  but when he switched to “Calculate how much energy it would take Luke skywalker to lift his starfighter out of the swamp” their enthusiasm exploded and it was all he could do to keep up with them:

“Let’s see,” the students said, “we can figure out the standard gravity on the planet from the Star Wars Wikipedia!”
“And  let’s figure out mass of starfighter from same source!” Then:
“What formulas do we need to calculate the amount of energy needed, let’s check physics text!”

U.S. ranks No. 13 in new collaborative problem-solving test

The United States may be known for its rugged individualism. But it turns out American teens are, surprisingly, much better at group collaboration than at individual academic work. That’s according to a new, unusual version of the Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA, which tested collaborative problem-solving skills among 15-year-olds in more than 50 countries and regions around the world in 2015. Those results were released last week.
The PISA is known for its testing of high school students around the world, especially in math and reading. In general, nations with high math and reading scores also tended to do well on this new collaboration test. Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea topped the new social skills ranking (see chart below), and they’re also among the top 10 for individual student achievement.

But for some countries, there was a big deviation. For example, the United States ranked 39th in math on the 2015 PISA test. But in collaborative problem-solving, the U.S. ranked 13th. For [Mainland] China, it was the opposite. Four regions in mainland China, including Beijing and Shanghai, collectively ranked 6th in math and in 2015.  But these Chinese regions ranked 26th in collaborative problem-solving.

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