My students are awesome. Despite high poverty and low income being a common way of life for the majority of my students, they come to school ready to learn. I want to provide them with not only a stable environment but one filled with positive and rewarding experiences. My school is a Title 1 school where 75% of our students receive free or reduced-price lunch.
My students come from different backgrounds and life situations with school being a place where they can feel safe and be themselves.
My students love to be active and in motion around the classroom. They love to participate in group activities. They are intelligent, hard-working, creative learners. They are curious and inquisitive. They are eager to grow and learn. They want to show me just how far they can go.
My students have so much potential but lack the resources to expand their knowledge of robotics. By donating the supplies for them to create sumobots, students will be able to have hands-on interactions with constructing and coding.
This project will teach them how to collaborate on a project as a team.
It will also allow them to experience and learn more about engineering. They will also learn about problem-solving as they assemble and test their robots for competitions. These robots will then be taken to a local technical college where students will have the opportunity to compete against other middle school students.
Students will take the metal pieces, which includes bars and plates along with hardware pieces, such as nuts and bolts to create a moving robot. They will use the pieces to construct a solid design. They will then use a computer to develop a program that will put movement to the robot. Through trial and error, they will find what works best for their robot. Using the tools, they will make modifications as needed. Once students are satisfied with their creations, they will then test out their robots using a controller with reusable batteries. They will then compete against other students. This involves two robots attempting to push each other out a circle, similar to what sumo wrestlers do. This is why it is called sumobots.
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