HS Robotics Mentoring Program

TPSF Summer Academy 2016

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Week 2 Review

We had another outstanding week of mentoring, troubleshooting and preparing for next season's VEX competition games. One of our biggest accomplishments was finishing building two game fields for elementary and two game fields for secondary tournaments. This is a very complicated task and most will remain assembled for the remainder of the season. Now the games can begin!

Visitors from Tokyo

On Thursday, we had teachers from the Tokyo Metropolitan School District visit our robotics classes. They were very interested in how our students learn without textbooks or purchased curriculum. It was explained how our students learn by doing, research and through following the engineering design process. They really enjoyed seeing the robots drive on the game field, although we really only had chassis to showcase. We are all so proud of what our students are doing here this summer and all who visit are definitely impressed!
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Mentoring Update

We are finding the high school mentors to be absolutely invaluable once again. Their experience and expertise is helping the middle school and elementary teams move forward with confidence. Each day we reflect on the teams and their needs to ensure we are all providing similar guidance. Week 2 is always about trying to materialize robots from ideas and designs on paper. This often equates to failure, which is expected in a first build of a prototype. The trick is to let the teams fail enough so that they learn from their mistakes without letting them get too far off track. The mentors have really embraced this philosophy.

Troubleshooters Update

Each team is making progress on figuring out the pneumatics equipment, although we have broken quite a few bike pumps! The teams have begun to incorporate the air pistons into builds to test the power and capabilities of the double action pistons. Here are the first of the builds pictured below.

Thanks for another great week!

Fell free to contact me if you have any questions.


Next week is picture day. Please wear the turquoise robotics shirt on Wednesday, July 13th!

Have a great weekend,

Cari Williams

TUSD Robotics Lead & HS Robotics Mentoring Program Teacher

email: cwilliams@tustin.k12.ca.us