Computer science week at Timberline was awesome! Students K - 8 were able to learn about computers, coding and robotics. All students went online to Hour of Code to practice their programming skills and also used some apps on the ipads. By having students learn about the programming they are learning another language that will help them in the future. Students had to communicate with the technology to make the robot or the creature on the app do some sort of action.
Our Vex Robotics Team, Magneto, survived their whirlwind trip to the World Vex Tournament April 15-18 in Louisville, KY! From road tripping across the country to the final competition, our three Vex Wonders, Brianna, Ellie and Griffin, had tons of fun and learned some great lessons along the way. Our Vex Coach Ms. Daley, had a truly amazing experience, and parents Chris, Angelica, Kim and Paul made it lots of fun for everyone involved!
Student programmers from our Innovation Center spent the weekend using Nao robots to promote advances in egg production for the Colorado Egg Producers Association. Tanner Brohm and Jake Roberts, both students at Skyline High School and part-time employees of the SVVSD Innovation Center (IC), were interviewed by 9 news about their connection with professional projects as part of their work at the IC.
Congratulations to the Alpine Vex IQ Teams who competed in the Vex IQ Elementary State Tournament in Loveland last weekend! We sent 6 teams of students to participate in this collaborative competition. We competed in the Teamwork Challenge in which two teams collaborate on the playing field in order to score points by manipulating the field blocks with their robot. In addition, teams had the opportunity to participate in several other competitions as well. Students could compete in the the Skills Challenge, where they tested out their robot's skills as compared to other teams.
Students at Northridge received an exciting treat to start off the New Year. It came in the form of an invitation to the very first Robotics Club meeting at their school. A total of 10 fourth and fifth graders were selected to participate in the club, which meets every Thursday afternoon in Northridge's STEM Lab. The students were introduced to VEX Robots during their first meeting. VEX is a company that allows students to work in teams to build robots and compete in challenges in a race against the clock.
Robots are definitely part of the culture at Timberline PK8. Students in 3rd - 5th grader participated in their second robotics competition February 7th at Central Elementary. We had 5 teams compete against other schools and it was a rush. Our students were bulldozing and stacking the blocks to earn as many points as they could in 1 minute.