ROBOTS - By its nature, the study of competitive robotics not only encompasses all four pillars of STEM
education (Science - Technology - Engineering - Maths), but also encourages important life skills like teamwork, communication, and project-based organization. The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation exists to bring this exciting experience to students all over the globe through the VEX IQ Challenge, VEX Robotics Competition, and VEX U.
In the VEX
Competitions - presented by the Robotics Education & Competition
Foundation - teams of students are tasked with designing and building a robot to play against other teams from around the world in a game-based engineering challenge. Classroom STEM concepts are put to the test on the playing field as students learn lifelong skills in teamwork, leadership, communications, and more. Tournaments are held year-round at the regional, state, and national levels; local champions go on to compete against the best in the world at VEX Worlds each April!
A STEM Education Revolution for Elementary and Middle School:
- Key Stages 2 and 3, Primary & Secondary Schools
- Teamwork Challenge: Two teams working together to maximise their score
- Robot Skills Challenge: One robot & driver playing alone against the clock
- Programming Skills Challenge: One robot using sensors to run autonomously
- STEM Research Project: Research and present on a STEM theme
- Local, regional, national, and world competitions
The VEX family of competitions, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, is the largest and fastest growing middle school and high school
robotics program globally with more than 16,000 teams from 40 countries playing in over 1,350 tournaments worldwide. Each year, an exciting engineering challenge is presented in the form of a game.
For the 2016-17 season, participants in the VEX IQ Challenge are playing Crossover, while participants in the VEX Robotics Competition and VEX U are playing Starstruck.
- The Coding Queens are a 5th Grade all girls robotics team from
California. They made this superb model of the SeaVax ocean cleanup robot,
even mounting it on a display
stand. They researched, prepared for a speech and gave the
presentation they had planned for the VEX robotics challenges in 2017.
Nice one girls.
GRADE ALL GIRLS ROBOTICS TEAM
Meet the John Malcom Elementary Coding Queens! A 5th grade ALL GIRLS Robotics team from John S. Malcom Elementary School in Laguna Niguel,
We are thrilled for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and that for the first time in our school history enough enthusiastic girls signed up this year to form their own
girl-powered team in hopes of furthering the winning legacy that our awesome 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Reimer, started 4 years ago.
Our teacher believes she is preparing Today’s Students for Tomorrows Jobs....but we are just excited to learn more!
Together with the support of our AMAZING volunteer-coach, Yazan Malkosh, and the support of all of the girls' families, we have embarked on an incredible journey that has exceeded our imaginations.... far beyond that first day we warned of how much hard work was involved.
We are participating in the 2016-2017 VEX Robotics Competition. This is the largest elementary, middle and high school robotics program in the world! Yes, this is quite an undertaking, but we know WE ARE CAPABLE!
This program involves both research projects and robotics. For the research project, the Coding Queens have chosen the
Seavax, a solar powered vacuum that may be the solution to
The CQ's are enthusiastic and determined in their learning.
The girls have created and coded their own clawbot, who is fondly referred to as, "Zippy".
It’s been an exciting start to our journey, however both our teacher and coach have also taught us the power of REFINING and EVOLVING our projects and robot designs....we know we have a long way to go, and we are up for the challenge!
MALCOLM ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
- The girls from Laguna Niguel,
California, with Nona
Reimer, the teacher who is helping them to meet the challenges that is
robotics. They are looking to raise $15,000 to further their chosen career
path in robotics and science. Please help them to realize their dream if
you can. Click on the picture above and give them a helping hand.
IS WHERE THE CODING QUEENS ARE AT:
We just competed at the VEX IQ San Diego Regional event and took 1st place for the Teamwork Award (robotics)....which earned us a ticket to the State VEX IQ Championship!!!
State VEX IQ Championship will be held in Pomona in March of 2017. We have also registered to compete at multiple events between now and then to help us grow.
Our ultimate goal at the State Championship is to win a ticket to compete in the VEX IQ ELEMENTARY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, which is held in April in Louisville, Kentucky. Over 29 Countries compete in the World Championship!!! How amazing it would feel to attend!
We're overjoyed with our overall success so far, however we are nervous about our upcoming final competition. Our teacher keeps reminding us: “they are the best in the world!”.
We need your help.
Competing on a state and worldwide level competition is very exciting but will require extensive resources. We are contacting local businesses and individuals to inquire about possible corporate or individual donations to help make this trip a reality for all of 6 girls, in addition to their coach and teacher, and parent supervisors. Your help will assist our team to achieve their goal of bringing home a WIN from Kentucky and facilitate a whole lot of inspiration to a lot of other young ladies who may follow in the Coding Queen's footsteps in future years.
Please contact Nona Reimer -- firstname.lastname@example.org for further information about the program.
we would be honored for your consideration and support for the success of our FEMALE FUTURE SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS.
Tax-deductible contributions in any increment can also be made to:
John Malcom Elementary School PTA
Attn: Coding Queens
32261 Charles Road, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Please help them to spread the word!
- On Sunday the 22nd of January 2017, Ryan Dusart (seen above with his
MiniMax boat launcher) joined in a skype conversation with the Coding
Queens, as the most junior SeaVax team member. The Coding Queens were keen
to learn how the SeaVax design evolved and what methods were being
employed to identify plastic and collect waste from the oceans without
harming marine life. The MiniMax will be radio controlled and used to
familiarize Ryan with driving such machines into the water to simulate SeaVax
launches and recoveries.
HEXAPOD - Let loose in the robot store, Ryan checks out the
range of movement of the neck joint of a robot based on an animal (insect)
that can carry over 100 times it's body weight. Learning to program
computers to control robots using Lego
Mindstorms, MakeBlock and other STEM
learning aids does not include structural design, welding or other
engineering problems, students can just concentrate on learning how to
make machines obey digital commands using plug and play components. The
engineering grunt comes after the intellectual workout. This machine could
carry wounded people from a dangerous crash or earthquake
DOES 'STEM' STAND FOR?
Technology, Engineering and Math = STEM.
United States has developed as a global leader, in large part, through the genius and hard work of its scientists, engineers, and innovators. In a world that’s becoming increasingly complex, where success is driven not only by what you know, but by what you can do with what you know, it’s more important than ever for our youth to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to solve tough problems, gather and evaluate evidence, and make sense of information. These are the types of skills that students learn by studying science, technology, engineering, and
math - subjects collectively known as STEM.
Yet today, few American students pursue expertise in STEM fields—and we have an inadequate pipeline of teachers skilled in those subjects. That’s why
President Obama has set a priority of increasing the number of students and teachers who are proficient in these vital fields.
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