What’s Involved in Joining the Team?
Each team can have 2 to 3 members. We are planning to field 4 teams of 3 members each … thus, there are only 12 SPOTS AVAILABLE.
Therefore, children interested in participating should have a natural interest in tinkering and building as well as be eager to learn new concepts.
Although prior LEGO robotics experience is helpful, it is more important to have children who are genuinely interested in learning, have the patience and determination to do what’s needed to get the job done, and the maturity and consideration to work well with others.
What are the Benefits?
Robotics is a wonderful platform for learning 21st century skills: critical thinking, problem solving, digital literacy, and collaboration. And, solving robotic challenges builds on these skills in students. Because robotics crosses multiple curriculum subjects, students must learn and apply their knowledge in science, engineering, math, and computer programming.
However, the most rewarding part of designing robots is that students have fun working together as a team. As a result, learning occurs as naturally as breathing air.
Dates and Cost
The competition is Saturday, August 3 at Liberty Science Center. Families should plan to be at the competition all day.
Team members will meet for one week to prepare for the competition.
The meeting dates are:
Monday to Friday, July 22 to July 26, 9:00-3:00pm
Depending on progress, there may potentially be an additional meeting the week leading to competition day.
Also, all team members are required to attend an 1-hour orientation session on Saturday, March 16, 1:00pm.
The cost of the team is $590. The fee covers all the training sessions, team t-shirt, and entrance fee for the competition.
This fee is NON-REFUNDABLE.
Because the teams are small, every member will play a vital role. Registering for the team is a commitment that your child will attend all of the team meetings and the competition.
Depending on how well the teams perform, there is the potential to progress onto the Nationals. We would love and welcome such an outcome and will plan on connecting with the families on logistics and cost then.