IT'S A ROBOT WORLD!
Robots are everywhere! It's only a matter of time for when coding (computer science) will be a major part of every educational system, especially at the high school level. When students visually program a robot to perform a certain task, they are actually coding. Aside from the classroom robotics, students have an opportunity to join robotic competitions. Try the HOUR OF CODE.
ZONE01 ROBOTIC CO-OPETITION
The ZONE01 robotic co-opetition consists of four challenges based on a theme. Except for one challenge (sumo) that remains the same, the other challenges change from one year to the next. This competition usually lasts one full day and takes place in Mid-March. Royal Vale usually enters between 4 to 10 teams with a maximum of 4 students on each team. Here are the Zone01 competition rules and regulations (pdf file) from previous years:
FIRST LEGO LEAGUE
The FIRST LEGO LEAGUE robotics competition consists of two parts: the research/science project and the robotics game. The competition and challenges are based on a different theme every year. The concept of the robotics challenge remains the same from year to year. Students have to build a robot to perform a number of tasks as quickly as possible (maximum of two to three minutes) to accumulate the most points. A team cannot choose to participate in only one part. Both parts of the FLL competition are mandatory. This competition usually lasts one full day and takes place in Mid-March. Royal Vale usually enters 1 or 2 teams with a maximum of 6 students on each team. Here are the FLL competition rules and regulations (pdf file) from previous years:
JUNIOR ROBOCUP COMPETITION
The ROBOCUP JUNIOR robotics competition is separated into four categories: Dance, Soccer, Search & Rescue and a themetaic challenge (ex. "Beatles").
The Dance category consists of choreographing robots to move to the beat of music or having robots move in a thematic set with music in the background. The soccer category consists of having two robots playing on a field with an infrared soccer ball. The Search and Rescue category requires a robot to follow a path (black line) through a maze of turns, obstacles and inclines. The thematic category requires a team to compete in five challenging games (ex. sumo, timed racing, scoring a basket, etc).
Each of the categories requires a team with 2 to 4 players. Royal Vale usually enters a number of teams. Here are the Quebec Junior Robocup competition rules and regulations (pdf file), which are more or less the same each year.
ROBOTICS SUMMER CAMP
If your looking for a day camp for your child, you might want to consider the ROBOTICS CAMP, especially, if your child loves Lego! This ultimate summer construction lego camp is a fun and creative learning experience. The Robotics Camp has a one-to-one ratio of NXT kit/computer to child. This means that every child gets to use a Lego NXT kit and computer to themselves.