The Woods Robotics Legacy

March 10, 2016

The Woods Robotics Legacy

In 2009, The Woods registered its initial First Lego League (FLL) Robotics team, the Owlbots. At the same time, robotics was introduced as a unit of study in fifth grade science.

Since this time, robotics and computer programming have become a hallmark of a Woods education. Today, our second grade students are introduced to robotics through the WeDo Lego robotics program. Students are able to build and program a variety of robots. And, our fifth and sixth grade students continue to study The Science of Robotics using the Lego Mindstorm Robotics curriculum which forms the core of the computer programming and robotics unit. Students are challenged to design and program robots that will accomplish a variety of tasks. The unit culminates with a robot design competition.

 

Not only has robotics become a core component of our science and technology curriculum, it is also an extremely popular and successful extracurricular activity. Today, The Woods has three FLL Robotics teams, the Owlbots, the Green Machine, and the Ladybots. Since the 2009-2010 school year, The Woods inaugural Robotics season, at least one Woods robotics team has competed at the FLL Maryland State Championship. We hope to carry this streak into our seventh season.

 

If you would like to learn more about their work, our Robotics teams will be presenting their research projects at the STEAM Showcase this Saturday, December 5 from 10 AM - 12 noon. The Ladybots will compete at their FLL Qualifier on Saturday, December 12 at Anne Arundel Community College and the Owlbots and the Green Machine will compete at their FLL Qualifier on Saturday, January 9 at Rockville Science Center, Universities at Shady Grove. The Robot Games portion of these Qualifiers is open to the the public.

 

Jodie Shoemaker

 

 

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