Robotics

Rio RoboticsRio Robotics is a beginning course in Robotics, which utilizes Lego Mindstorms EV3 kits.  Students collaborate in teams to design, build, create and program autonomous robots to accomplish different tasks and complete various challenges; such as “Sumo-Bots “, “Plant Sorter”, “Maze Challenge”, “Shot Put Challenge”, and “Search and Rescue Robots”.

There is considerable anecdotal evidence that students respond well in subjects involving programming of robots. One of the most frequent and widely supported calls for change in contemporary education is for newly envisioned curriculum that integrates math, science, and technology content and skills. Although robotics may at first seem exotic, on closer examination it provides a natural fit with good pedagogy that emphasizes meaningful problem-based learning, integration and application of knowledge, hands-on learning in cooperative groups, and demonstrable mastery of new learning. It attracts students to content domains such as mechanics, electrical circuits, and applied mathematical reasoning that all too often are stumbling blocks for middle school students. Robotics engages students in complex, strategic problem-solving and higher-order thinking—a set of skills that is a high priority for 21st century education. What is more, this kind of problem-solving can be introduced in a gradual, self-motivated way, so beginner students can experience satisfying achievements right away and can quickly move on to new challenges in a continuous progression toward greater levels of sophistication.

Perhaps the most compelling reason for a robotics curriculum is that it introduces students to knowledge, concepts, and skills that are needed for understanding the intelligent information-based technology of the future. It is hardly controversial to predict that technology systems will be more and more ubiquitous—not just in school and work settings, but in home and recreational lives as well, for people from all walks of life. We can also predict that technology will be increasingly complex and intelligent.

Robotics Blogs

Request for Proposals – Sale of District Property

The Rio School District Board is requesting proposals for the sale of surplus District property located at 2714 E. Vineyard Avenue, Oxnard, CA.  

VCSTEAMN Colloquium # 3 on SEARCH

The VCSTEAMN Colloquium # 3 on SEARCH was a great success. Mike Vollmert, our Director of Technology, pinch hit for Keynote speaker Andrew Schwab who was ill, and used Andrew’s presentation to set the stage for an excellent evening. We examined SEARCH as a 21st century Literacy, we learned some new Google SEARCH skills, and […]

VCSTEAMN Colloquium# 3 “SEARCH”

Keynote Speaker: Andrew Schwab, CTO, Berryessa Union School District VCSTEAMN search colloquium flier Andrew Schwab is an educator, IT professional and 1:1 evangelist. As a member of the CUE Board of Directors, a CETPA Certified CTO and a Google Certified Teacher, he is active in supporting and growing the edTech community. Andrew can be found on Twitter […]