Twenty- eight third graders are a part of the first of its kind Elementary Robotics Club, working in teams to build their very own “clawbots”.
Working in eight teams, the students use a trial and error method to put together their robot.
“They had to figure out that when engineers build something, they don’t build it perfectly the first time. Instead what they do is they build it part way, they realize they did a step wrong, they have to go back ten steps and start over again. They have to learn to deal with that frustration and to persevere, but for third graders I think that they’re persevering amazingly well,” said Melissa Eaton, Robotics Club Sponsor at Cowlishaw Elementary School.
If their bots build up right, they’ll have the chance to compete in the national qualifying Vex IQ Tournament in January at Neuqua Valley High School.
This is the first year for the program at Cowlishaw and Kendall, the only two elementary schools in the entire state competing in the tournament at this level.
“I just think robotics is to build robots and learn things that are new to you, instead of going home every Tuesday and watching T.V. and doing your homework and going to bed. I think its cool to do after school work,” said Rachel Adu, Robotics Club member.
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