Monday, November 26, 2012

Robotics Class Engages ASPIRE Students

Engaged learning. Hands-on instruction. STEM  (science, technology, engineering, and math) education. Union Hill students who select robotics for one of their ASPIRE after-school program activities experience all of this and more! Students use Lego® Mindstorms NXT kits to build and program robots that can perform a variety of tasks, such as following a path or picking up things.

"Robotics is fun because I love playing with Legos® at home. My favorite thing at school is technology, and I love robotics!" stated Keagan.

Cassie builds her robot. Each kit comes with a variety of parts to build several different models of robots.
Once the robots are built, students then use the Mindstorms NXT software to program them. After test runs, students make adjustments to their programming to fine-tune their robot's performance.

Kelly (left) and Brandon collaborate on their project, which is another important skill that robotics teaches.

TAG teacher Sherry Yesenik teaches robotics at Union Hill. The Round Rock Education Foundation funded the grant proposal Ms. Yesenik wrote several years ago to purchase the Lego® Mindstorms kits.

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