Robotics Competition Pairs Students from Eight Area Districts
Over 100 students and 33 teams are expected to compete in the Region 7 Education Service Center Robotics Competition on May 7, 2012.
Totally Terrific Toys will allow students from Athens ISD, Diboll ISD, Gilmer ISD, Hemphill ISD, Lindale ISD, Mt. Enterprise ISD, Tenaha ISD, and Union Grove ISD to put their creativity and problem solving skills to the test in this new competition. The student teams will enter robots made from elements found in the 9580 LEGO Education WeDo Construction Set. Students will showcase their robots which will be evaluated by teachers and engineers.
During this new, one day, competition for grades 1-3, students will be judged on toy display, survey results, and a design notebook. Students will be expected to discuss the results of their survey and how they used the results to design their original toy.
The invention process allows for creativity and productive thinking and is the force that drives future innovation. We live in a time where the growth of knowledge and technology is progressing exponentially. The students of today must be prepared to be the innovators of tomorrow to maintain this exponential growth.
The purpose of Totally Terrific Toys is to allow students an avenue for creative, productive thinking and to synthesize their thinking into a tangible idea that integrates invention with technology.
Totally Terrific Toys also provides students opportunities to experience authentic problem solving while conducting viable research. Moreover, through the implementation of the inventive process coupled with technology integration, students are afforded myriad opportunities to participate in deductive thinking and reasoning.
Robots brought to the contest must have been built and programmed entirely by the student team members. Teachers are not assist students during the competition.
Area media and the community are urged to attend this exciting event, which will be held at Region 7 Education Service Center, 1909 North Longview Street, Kilgore, Texas. Student and instructor interviews, footage, and photo opportunities will be available. Toy Showcase begins at 9:00 AM and the Toy Challenge will begin at 10:00 AM. Presentation and Design Recognition will conclude the competition at 11:00 AM. Experience live student problem-solving at its best!
For more information on this event contact Katie Chenoweth, Region 7 ESC Communications Coordinator, at (903) 988-6778.