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These young robotics engineers are shaping futures one LEGO at a time. Using materials such as LEGO pieces, rubber bands and wheels, these fifth and sixth grade students work collaboratively to build robots that, as one student put it, “come alive!”
“We had about two weeks to build our robots,” shared a student, “but we finished last week. Now we’re just making some adjustments to help it balance better.”
Once all the robots are built, each team will use an iPad to program their robots to complete tasks such as picking up a ball and throwing it, or completing an obstacle following a colored line.
“Each robot also includes two sensors,” said the robotics club instructor. She continued, “The ultrasonic sensor detects color and the other sensor is basically making it aware of its surroundings. It detects objects and obstacles in its way.”
The last part of the Franklin Robotic Club experience is a competition against other schools. Working as a team to compete, these students experience social and emotional learning, academic development, increasing intrinsic motivation, academic self-concept, improved risk-analysis, and enhanced beneficial peer comparisons.
Because this extended day program is financially supported by the Provo City School District Foundation, these students are able to reap educational opportunities that they may not be able to find elsewhere. Thanks to the generous support of community members and businesses, the Foundation is able to accomplish its mission to to elevate students success!
We are thankful to all those who donate and we can’t wait to see the results from this year’s robotics competition!