January 2015 - Robotics

STEM School

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. They are encouraged to use the Design Thinking Process (empathize, define, ideate, prototype, and feedback) to continually improve their designs. It did not take very long for students to have a basic, working robot that they were able to control remotely! As they continue to build their robots, students are developing problem-solving and teamwork skills to help them achieve their goals.