Competition was fierce during the final day of the VEX robotics workshop for middle school students at Lancaster High School, Lancaster, Calif., June 20 as student teams maneuvered their small robots around to pick up pucks and deposit them in a goal in their opponents’ end zone. (NASA Photos / Tom Tschida)
NASA Robotics Workshop Challenges Middle School Students
Thirty middle school students had a chance to learn how their math and science studies apply to the real world during a weeklong robotics workshop June 15 through June 20 at Lancaster High School, Lancaster, Calif.
The students attended educational presentations during the morning sessions, and then, divided into teams, spent their afternoons designing and building their robots from VEX kits. The workshop wrapped up with an informal competition Saturday morning. Eight robots were built, with the Super Sonics team, an alliance of the Terminator and Brackets teams, taking the winning title.
The fourth annual VEX robotics workshop was sponsored by three local high school robotics teams that competed regionally and nationally, including Lancaster High School Eagle Robotics, the Antelope Valley High School Robolopes, the First Tech Challenge PHI team, along with NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center and the AERO Institute in Palmdale, Calif.
The nationwide robotics competitions are sponsored by For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, or FIRST, a non-profit organization that promotes science and technical education.
Saul Figueroa and Daniel Gonzalez work on their robot built during the middle school VEX robotics workshop.
|Lancaster High junior Lauren Parke, a member of the school’s Eagle Robotics team and student director of the middle school VEX robotics workshop, briefs workshop participants on what they will learn during the weeklong program.
||Antelope Valley High School student Sarah McLernon, a member of the school’s Robolopes robotics team, showed off her team’s robot that participated in the FIRST robotics competition during the kickoff of the VEX robotics workshop for middle school students at Lancaster High School.
|Robert Wong and Nallely Xicohtencatl get their newly-built VEX robot ready to compete during the final day of the middle school robotics workshop at Lancaster High School.
||Raven Holmes gets help in fixing her VEX robot from a Lancaster High Eagle Robotics Team member as she gets ready for the Saturday morning competition.
Dryden Flight Research Center