Gearing Up Robotics for X-S.T.R.E.A.M. Expo
Gearing up for the Robotics competition is the focus of students at St. John the Baptist School in Kenmore. Junior high students have spent the past eight weeks constructing robotics capable of performing certain tasks for the upcoming X-S.T.R.E.A.M. Expo sponsored by the Diocese of Buffalo. The event takes place at St. Joe’s Collegiate Institute on December 3rd. Various Catholic elementary schools from across Western New York will participate in this competition to see which team’s robot could move and stack the most blocks for a given period of time. Points will be awarded for various tasks assigned to the robots—with the winning team determined by the most points accrued!
St. John’s robotics program is part of their S.T.R.E.A.M. program. A broadening of STEM learning—which intentionally incorporates Science, Technology, Engineering and Math across the curriculum—STREAM uniquely includes the Arts and Religion into its repertoire. Initially, students collaborated to build a robot capable of completing the required tasks for the competition. Once constructed, they then had to produce the required focus, teamwork and strategic presses of the controller buttons in learning to manipulate their machine to perform the required tasks. As they determined the strengths and weaknesses of their robot, they revisited some of their original design features to create an ideal contraption. The upcoming X-S.T.R.E.A.M. games will serve as the finale for these robotics students—they eagerly await the opportunity of participating in this competition!