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

Public Hearing – Sufficiency of Instructional Materials

A public hearing will be held on Sept. 17, 2014 at 6:00 PM in the Board Room of the Rio School District Office regarding Sufficiency of Instructional Materials.  Click here for more details:  Notice of Public Hearing

Public Notice – Notice of Proposed Adoption of a School Facilities Needs Analysis

Pursuant to California State Law and related authorities, the Board of the Rio Elementary School District (District) will hold a public hearing on Resolutions adopting the District School Facilities Needs Analysis / Developer Fee Justification Study (SFNA/DFJS) and Statutory and Level 2 Alternative School Mitigation Fees, at its regular meeting of August 20, 2014 at […]

Public Notice – Hearing on CSEA Proposal for Reopeners

Pursuant to the provision of Government Code Section 3547, the Governing Board must formally inform the public through a Board Meeting and conduct a public hearing to receive input from the community prior to the initiation of negotiations. Accordingly, a public hearing is scheduled to be held on August 20, 2014 at the Rio School District […]