Caption for Sandoval Robotics Picture: (front left) Brittney Meyer, Cherokee Ray, Tori Koehler, Alicia Tarlton, (back left) William Pennington, Edwin Kingston, Caralina Guidish, Mickayla Schulte. Submitted Photo.
Sandoval High School Starts Robotics Program
Math teacher Rose Brandmeyer says they were looking for ways to improve the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) program at the school and came up with the program after attending a robotics seminar. "We knew the kids would get into it. Plus it involves computer programming in which I did some of that as well. So it's just a way to get something that the kids would be interested in doing that would increase their math and science skills", said Brandmeyer.
During 4th hour Study Block, a group of sophomore, junior, and senior students meet to build and program their robots. The students use LEGO Mindstorm sets that were purchased through the School Improvement Grant as well as other building materials. While working, the students are confronted with problems that require them to integrate math, science, and STEM technology in order to find solutions. Students also learn cooperation, teamwork, compromise, and responsibility.
Brandmeyer says they are hoping to compete in robotics competitions in Carbondale and Edwardsville later this year. She says right now the kids are just building robots. "The goal is after Christmas that they'll probably be given a task and they'll have to build a robot to do that task. This will help them start thinking creatively how to solve problems to hopefully build their thinking skills and that their thinking skills will become sharper", said Brandmeyer.
The program is asking for donations of LEGOs so they can build more robots. Anyone interested in donating can call 618-247-3361.
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