Tyler ISD held its 2018 Robotics Showcase and Competition event recently at Dixie Elementary School, where students put their creativity and ingenuity to the test.
“The goal of STEM innovation is to help students become problem solvers using 21st century methods,” Stephanie Jones, Tyler ISD professional development facilitator, said. “In robotics competitions, students have to go through the engineering process to build hands-on learning skills.”
In the first through third grade division, students mainly showcased their machines and story boards to the judges by explaining the environment they created and how their robotics functioned in these environments. One team from Owens Elementary School built a construction area where their machine helped to build the new “Klink Elementary School.” The students cited Pokémon as their inspiration.
In the fourth through eighth grade division, students had to use code to move their machines and were scored on a list of criteria that stipulated the functions, or tasks, the machines must complete. Teams could also earn bonus points for completing higher level tasks.
Eighty-six students competing in eight first through third grade groups and 13 fourth through eighth grade groups from Andy Woods, Bonner, Griffin, Dixie, Owens and Rice elementary schools and Boulter and Hogg middle schools participated.
Tyler Career and Technology Center (CTC) students and district faculty served as guest judges. CTC Culinary Arts students prepared and served a baked ziti dinner to competitors.
Check out all the event photos on the Tyler ISD Facebook page at www.facebook.com/tylerisd.