The Foundation and the District are partnering together to support the implementation of the Common Core Standards and S.T.E.M. Education at the middle school level by the expansion of the Botball® Educational Robotics Program to each of the five middle schools in our District. S.T.E.M. is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, but it encompasses and incorporates all of the curriculum content areas. Here in Mid-Del, we also like to describe S.T.E.M. programs as “Strategies that Engage Minds.”
The Botball® Educational Robotics Program engages students in a team-oriented robotics competition based on national science education standards. The curriculum is designed to allow students to apply their academic skills in a creative and innovative manner while improving their confidence and ability to be self-reliant in solving a problem.
Students will be eligible to become part of a Botball® team that will register and participate in a regional competition. In-mid January, teams will attend a 2 Day Professional Development Workshop where they will learn about current robotics technology by participating in a variety of interactive exercises and activities. They will also be introduced to details of the competition, including instruction on programming their robots, specifications of the challenge, and the game board guidelines.
Each team will then have time to test, design and program their robots, record data on performance, re-engineer, and finalize their robots. This process is supplemented by local mentors and professionals from the engineering field who have the opportunity to share and impart their wisdom and experience to the students. The program will conclude with a head to head regional competition to determine which team had the best design and best performance.
This program has been generously supported by the Midwest City Memorial Hospital Authority.
Click below to watch video of the 2013 Botball® Game Challenge.