Silver Lake Elementary hosts VEX IQ programming, robotics competition

Throughout the several weeks leading up to the competition, Silver Lake sixth-graders went through many design iterations and concepts, learning just as much from their failures as their victories.

SILVER LAKE — If each of the Silver Lake Quality College sixth-graders’ robots ended up a collection of areas, then Friday’s engineering and design contest would be a competitors to see who could most effectively and cohesively set these sections alongside one another.

It was a Fight of the Bots, and on the line were being bragging legal rights for the relaxation of their elementary faculty occupations.

Cheers and jeers erupted from the bleachers as the students watched their classmates just take on just about every other on the robotics desk. The competition, with remote controls tightly held, scored details by maneuvering their VEX IQ robots to shuffle blue and orange balls across a wall and bridge to their opponents’ aspect of the desk. 

Style-create method teaches Silver Lake Elementary College students to master from failure

Eli Schooler celebrates after his team's robot design won a preliminary round in Silver Lake Elementary School's VEX IQ robotics competition Friday morning in the school gym.

Though the competitors itself was Friday morning, the very long process of planning and making the finest robots they could commenced in October for the kids. Silver Lake Elementary School computer lab trainer Becky Smith released the competition to the young ones with lessons explaining the principles of mechanics and straightforward equipment, when outlining the obstacle the students would have to overcome with their robots.

Students could use a single of the robotics’ providers current models, but Smith also gave the students latitude to attempt their possess types. Though Smith had launched the robots to the faculty soon after receiving a foundation grant five decades in the past, earlier competitions had the learners make their robots dance, and this calendar year was the 1st on the table leading, which was acquired through the higher school’s robotics program with a different grant.