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This summer, I had the privilege of attending the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy at the National Robotics Engineer Center. It was an amazing experience! The Center is where highly funded robotic scientists are at the cutting edge of discovery, pioneering the latest in robotics. From Military and space applications to airline and car innovations, NREC houses the best and brightest creative engineers. Did you know that Pittsburgh has the top four most funded research companies making self-driving cars? Self-driving cars are a common sight in Pittsburgh!
Last year, our Primary upper grade SIS students proved themselves to be top competitors in the First Lego League Robotics Competition by winning three regional awards and two China National awards. SIS was the only team in Shenzhen selected to compete against 83 teams from all over China! Our incoming 5th grade students are excited to exceed their predecessors. As their robotics coach, I plan to foster their success with all the secret insights I gained by collaborating with professionals at NREC.
Pictures from last year's competition:
Robotics is quickly moving into the classroom as a dynamic way for students to improve their mathematical practices by making sense of problems, persevering in solving them, and attending to precision. In the most practical sense, students must examine in finite detail why their command to the robot did not work. And just as important, students are exhilarated when they succeed in completing a difficult challenge!
By pioneering the implementation of robotics, SIS demonstrates its commitment to providing a challenging and stimulating experience for students, whether it is during class, after school at an ASA, or traveling to international competitions.
Kathy Diaz | Grade 5 Teacher/Robotics Coach