Tyler ISD elementary students are taking Lego fun to a new level for the District’s first Elementary Robotics Showcase and Competition Nov. 17 from 6-8 p.m. at the Tyler ISD Career and Technology Center (CTC). During the event, 100 students from 10 Tyler ISD campuses will present robotic creations using Lego Robotics Kits.
Teams in the 1st - 3rd grade division are tasked with creating a “perfect playground” in which one aspect on the playground must be in motion. Students have spent the past few weeks researching and designing their playground to meet competition guidelines and requirements. They will present their creations to a panel of judges and will be scored on the design itself as well as their presentation of the design.
In the 4th – 5th grade division, teams participate in a robotic challenge in which their robot must perform several tasks on their trek across the regions of Texas. They must research and select at least one of six challenges for their robot to complete. The competition also requires students to keep an engineering notebook to chart their progress and document project notes. The student teams will receive points for creativity in completing the task as well as meeting various requirements on the challenge.
Tyler ISD Instructional Technology Specialist Stephanie Jones says the main goal is to get STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) clubs into every elementary campus.
“We are excited to have nine campuses plus our TARGET program participating in our first Showcase,” she said. “At least four other campuses, that were not yet ready to compete on this scale, have created smaller scale robotics programs to get them started. The students have worked so hard and it is amazing to see their creations.”
Engineering and STEAM students from Tyler area post-secondary schools will provide feedback on the showcase projects and judge the challenge competition and engineering notebooks.