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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Elementary Robotics Teams Compete at State

Congratulations to the Mary Jo Sheppard Elementary Colts Robotics and Willie Brown Elementary Eagles Robotics teams that qualified for and competed at the Annual State Robotics Competition hosted by the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA).

The goal of the TCEA Robotics Competition is to inspire young people to become science and technology leaders. Robotics is an invaluable resource for teaching science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills. It also develops critical thinking, collaboration, and problem solving, along with other 21st century skills such as creativity, imagination, curiosity, innovation, and self-confidence. The contest was held April 13, 2013, at Deer Park High School South in Deer Park, Texas. View a photo slideshow from the state contest.

Colt Robots (pictured above front row L-R in black): Michelle Gery, Katelynn Veale, Morgan Bruton, Miles Shamburger, Mark Smith, and Rick McCase

Eagles Robotics (pictured above back row L-R in pink): Monica Abrams, William Osmus, Kyndal Waldo, Brynn Spicher, Sydney Webb

MISD Robotics 
Quick facts about the district-wide robotics initiative:
  • Aligned with Part One of MISD Strategic Plan: Innovative and Inspiring Teaching Methods
  • Established in 2011-12 with a pilot program at Willie Brown Elementary
  • $50,000 in grant funds (LEGO Smart Schools and MISD Education Foundation) were secured to launch this initiative; MISD Technology Development committed another $40,000 in required matching funds
  • 264 WeDo kits and resource packs and 96 Mindstorms NXT kits and resource packs were purchased with the funds.
  • All 22 elementary campuses are implementing WeDo robotics into Technology Applications classes
  • 18 campuses (elementary through high school) have launched after-school robotics programs using Mindstorms NXT robots this year
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