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Students put skills to the test in the new Robot Games

By Kamal Lakisic and Saad Qazi

Staff Writers

As the school year comes to a close, a new style of learning is just beginning. The robotics program at Summit Public Schools is seeing a new development under Sherri Taylor, the Robotics course instructor across four Summit campuses.

Throughout the past year, students have been experiencing an in-depth program meant to develop skills in fluently combining programs — EV3 and Python — with machines made out of Legos in order to complete set tasks. This ability is developed over the course, and, by the end of the year, most students will have developed an aptitude for robotics.

“I think it’s really important that students have the opportunity to use their whole self when they learn something,” Ms. Taylor said.

Denali freshman Ibrahim Ayub said students have learned how to program robots using EV3 software, as well as learning other important programming concepts. “We also learned to never give up,” he added.

Beyond individual skills, students also developed abilities critical to their end goals, such as teamwork. “I like how the students have learned to collaborate better and resolve conflicts … and develop empathy and patience for students … they really want to engineer robots,” Ms. Taylor said.

These students don’t just take these skills home. The Robot Games, an inter-school event created by Ms. Taylor, will test the designing, programming and teamwork abilities of each school. Classes will be grouped into teams and put their robots to the test. “It’s kind of like a take-off of the Olympics … students provide a game that other robots could play … another school could actually recreate their game,” she said.

Demos will measure their robots’ efficiency and effectiveness. Points will be gained based off the success of the robot in a certain game and its ability to be emulated by other schools. “Then the original inventors get points, and the students that do it in the second school also get points,” Ms. Taylor said. Exemplifying the idea of teamwork, this new method hopes to accelerate the robotics program and students’ progress.

Students themselves have also weighed their development, a point made clear by Ayub who discussed the benefits of learning through collaboration. “All of our projects involve teamwork … at first me and my partner didn’t work together, but we learned to share work … When one person builds, and the other programs … that helps,” he said.

The Robot Games competition will build over each successive run, allowing schools to improve on their prior years and effectively compete with other schools’ teams. Signifying a major shift in Expeditions’ impact on students, the establishment and development of Robot Games over the next few years will foster a new perspective on learning through collaboration — a method that could better develop interest in engineering and programming in students throughout coming years.

See below for a video on the Robotics course and the Robot Games:

Students explore their newfound interest in robotics

By Jacob Kahn-Samuelson and Maxwell Taniguchi-King

Staff Editors

In room P4, there are robots on bookshelves, legos on tables and specialized sensors all around. Working in groups of two or three, the students build their robots one piece at a time and program them with one line of code at a time.

Sherri Taylor, the Robotics teacher, aims to fuel her students’ interests in robotics through these materials and to provide a program to promote self-directed learning. Ms. Taylor has enjoyed her first year of teaching at Summit and has been impressed that her students have grown more comfortable with the Robotics class.

Ms. Taylor talked about the highlight of the year in Robotics class: “The coolest thing for me was when I could find their on switch that made them go from ‘I don’t really want to be here’ to ‘Oh, I get to do that, awesome!’ and then they would be a totally different person.”

Tahoma sophomore Gabriel Benyamin felt that this experience in Robotics has helped him to better understand and recognize his passion for robotics.

See below for a video about the Robotics course:

Robotics course allows students to develop problem solving and creativity

By Khanh Nguyen

Staff writer

The Expeditions course Intro to Robotics teaches students to problem solve while working with LEGO robots that they create. Students are able to express their creativity and ideas in their creations.

The Intro to Robotics course teaches students about robotics using LEGO EV3 materials. It is offered to all grades, and students are given the opportunity to push themselves in their projects and reach beyond the requirements. The course allows students to build and program using various materials and software.

Sherri Taylor, the Intro to Robotics Expeditions instructor, teaches students to build their problem-solving skills while building and programming their robots. Ms. Taylor said, “One of the things you’ll learn in Robotics is probably problem-solving and growth mindset and self-determination … So what I expect from my students will lead you to that self-determination.”

Justin San Giovanni, a Rainier freshman, said, “My favorite part about Robotics is being creative with the LEGOS and the robots while being technical by using software and programming, and we add onto it. Just make it do whatever we want.”

Next year, students will be given the opportunity to work as interns after their initial year in the course. Interns will work with intro students on programming and troubleshooting issues.

See below for a video about the Intro to Robotics course:

Intro to Robotics allows students to view the world of engineering

By Lyanna Cruzat

Staff Writers

Intro to Robotics is a class about building robots in a hardware aspect and learning how to code the robots to perform certain tasks. They use the EV3 Lego robot to learn the different parts of any kind of robot. They use sensors and motors that are programmed and coded to follow certain tasks.

Intro to Robotics teaches the parts of a robot through an application using it as a driverless car. The purpose is to learn engineering skills in an engineering environment.

When asked what impact she hopes to have on her students, Intro to Robotics teacher Sherri Taylor said, “I hope the students walk out of this class with a feeling of self-accomplishment with all the hard work they put in and having new relationships with the people they worked with in class. I also expect that what would happen is that students will either reinforce the idea that they were already gonna be engineers and this class helped seal the deal, and there will be other students that did not realize they were gonna be engineers but would have a self-discovery moment through this class.”

See below for a video about this course: