Five middle school FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics teams from Cleveland County Schools met at Central Services to build robots, learn problem-solving skills, and cure a “zombie plague.”
The 2016 FTC Robotics Championship included challenges like building robots from the ground up, participating in robot competitions, completing an interview, and facing a problem-solving portion. Students met four times during the school year for “robot days,” where they learned engineering and problem-solving skills needed to prepare for the championship.
“If these kids are building robots, when something breaks at their house, their first instinct will be to fix it,” said Jason Lineberger, CCS Digital Learning Coordinator. “I think it’s empowering.”
This year, the problem-solving portion included using breakout boxes to solve a series of problems that would unlock the antidote for the zombie plague, all to be accomplished in 45 minutes. Students used higher-order critical thinking skills to unlock the clues with tools like Google Cardboard, invisible ink, and UV flashlights.
“FTC Robotics is an amazing opportunity for our students because it teaches problem-solving, higher-order thinking, engineering, programming, and design,” Lineberger said. “Those are worthwhile, 21st-century skills—the kinds of things that will be valuable for college and for life.”
Overall Champion: Kings Mountain Middle Prodigies
Poster Category Champion: Crest Middle Mission Impossible
Judging/Interview Champion: Burns Middle Electric Eagles
Engineering Notebook Champion: Burns Middle Electric Eagles
Robot Runs Champion: Kings Mountain Middle Prodigies
Website Champion: Crest Middle Mission Impossible
Problem-Solving Champion: Kings Mountain Middle Prodigies
See below for downloadable event photos.
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