We’re in the business of inspiring and cultivating passion in our students. What makes kids passionate? More often than not, it’s when they are doing, thinking, and creating— when they are engaged and invested in the learning process. Students in our new Programming and Robotics courses are doing, thinking, creating, and more.
In addition to our courses in scalable game design, programming, and robotics, Grandview founded its first Robotics Team this year. The team, consisting of ten middle school students, received Lego NXT and EV3 robotic kits to begin the school year. Working together, they built the kits, programmed the robots, and participated in three FIRST LEGO League (FLL) World Class Challenges.
The FIRST LEGO League involves over 265,000 children ages 9-14 from 80 countries. Each challenge has three parts: Robot Game, Project, and FLL Core Values.
For the Robot Game, a Lego Mindstorm EV3 robot, designed by the team, has to succeed the most of over 12 missions– Lego obstacles set on a special competition table.
During the challenge, each team presents their project. The project answers the FLL World Class Question, “How could we improve the way that someone learns?” Grandview Robotics chose to investigate ways to improve learning a foreign language. The team surveyed middle school and upper school students about learning styles and completed research that supported their hypothesis: that students learn best when all different types of learning and teaching methods (visual, kinesthetic, audial) are employed. Their solution: the creation of a virtual reality system to translate the world and engage the learner in conversation.
Each FLL team is also evaluated in Core Values: exhibiting teamwork, cooperation, sportsmanship, and professionalism throughout the event.
And the best part? These challenges are almost completely student-driven. Coaches are discouraged from giving insight and answers; it’s up to the students to complete the challenges.
The Grandview Robotics team competed in three challenges this year: a pre-qualifying tournament at South Florida Science Museum, a qualifying tournament at Spanish River Christian School, where the team received 1st Place in the Project Challenge (earning them a bid for the regional tournament), and the 2nd tier qualifying tournament at McNichol School in Hollywood, FL.
In addition to the challenges, Grandview Robotics has been involved in several school events to showcase the fun and intrigue of robotics. Students will continue to improve their programming skills and compete in future FIRST LEGO League events. Congratulations to the Grandview Robotics Team for a successful first season of challenges!