For the 2018-19 school year, the competitive robotics team will be reserved for seventh and eighth grade students. There will also be a sixth grade robotics team that will continue to build upon the skills they worked on last year (engineering, programming, research and sharing their knowledge with others) as they will design and create a LEGO robot, program it to accomplish a number of challenging missions, and research and share out a project based on this year's FIRST LEGO League topic of outer space.
The team will run for fifteen consecutive Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30, beginning on September 11th and ending on December 18th. Their culminating event will be to compete against the seventh and eighth grade team in front of friends and family. This scrimmage will give the sixth grade team a better sense of what a live robotics competition is like and how to best prepare for it. This will also provide an excellent opportunity for the seventh and eighth grade team to ready themselves for their qualifying tournament. The cost to join the sixth grade robotics team will be $100.
This team creates another step for students to take before reaching the competitive robotics team, but also intentionally creates a more supportive system that will better prepare them for the rigors for the seventh and eighth grade team.
The coach for the sixth grade robotics team will be a Gordon alum, Graham Watkins, who has previously coached Gordon's Middle School robotics teams and participated in this summer's seminar at Gordon with Barbara Bratzel from the Tufts University School of Engineering.