Robotics & Automation

Wanatah Public school utilizes the Vex IQ and EDR Curriculums which leverage the “coolness” of robotics, and the excitement of head to head competition to inspire and engage our students.  Robotics and Automation are part of the PLTW course for students in grades 5-8. Students build a mobile robot to play a sport-like game.  During this process, they will learn key STEM principles and robotics concepts.  At the culmination of this class, they will compete head-to-head against their peers in the classroom.  The curriculum is created to ensure that students with varying learning styles and levels can accomplish the lesson goals.  No prior robotics experience is required; beginners are able to advance sequentially through the units to gradually increase their knowledge and skill level. 

Once students acquire the basic skills, they are required to program their robot to run autonomously.  Programming is an important skill regardless of student’s future career choice. When students learn to program, they also learn important problem-solving, creative thinking, and computational thinking skills.  Computer Science drives innovation and is one of the fastest growing fields in our economy.  Not only are computer science jobs growing (at twice the national average!), they’re also some of the highest paying jobs in the world.

Students in grades 3-6 have the choice to participate on an after-school Robotics Team which competes at VEX Robotic Competitions, the largest and fastest growing international robotics competition for elementary, middle and high school students.

Students in grades 6th-8th and 9th-12th may participate on the after-school Automation Team which competes in the Nanoline Contest.  This contest gives students the opportunity to showcase their talent and technical skills by designing and building an automation project.  This opportunity allows students to work in a team environment enhance not just their technical skills, but also their personal skills and project management skills as they work together to finalize their entry.  Students learn that the world of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) can be fun and exciting.