Competitive Robotics with STEM Network

BY Leslie Pirtle

Nauset Regional Middle School

Project Description

Build a competitive robotics team with the financial support to build robots for three different competitions that occur in the spring.

Students will work as a group to compete in the MATE competition in underwater robotics, the Robotics Challenge at the MakerFaire, and in the Solar Print Challenge with the STEM Network. As we continue to build competitive STEM on Cape Cod, it is important to be able to provide funding for the supplies. The students will fundraise for their entry fees and the travel costs associated with competing.

How will the project be evaluated (e.g. how will you gauge its success)

Students receive judging reports for each of the competitions and must keep research reports on how they completed the engineering design process. They create posters to showcase their learning that will be on display at the STEAM event organized by Cape Cod STEM Network in June.

Benefit to the students and the school

The school has invested in designing a robust summer science program and after school program to increase STEM offerings for students. We also provide after school busing for students involved in the programs. This competitive team will make students realize that the STEM projects they are involved in can have positive influence on their future.

By covering the most expensive costs, we also make STEM available to students of all income levels.

Timeline of Project (when will you do the project, if applicable)

The competitive team begins meeting in mid October to learn about circuitry and automation. Then they begin to prototype their designs in mid November. We have the supplies for prototypes, but will need financial support once we build the final versions starting in February.

Here is a video of the students working on ROVs during our summer program.