Silverton Students Excel in Regional Robotics
By Amanda Miller
The TCEA Area 16 Robotics Competition-“Mission to Mars” was held Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Region 16 in Amarillo. Sixty tree teams composed of over 200 students participated in four different robotics competitions. Sixteen different schools participated. The 2017-18 school year is the first year for robotics curriculum using Lego Mindstorm EV3 hardware and programming software at Silverton ISD. This year Silverton sent 4 teams to compete for the first time. The elementary team – RoboForce was the youngest team competing in the intermediate arena competition scoring over 200 points in the final round. The junior high team – RoboRaiders place 7th out of 26 intermediate teams. The two high school teams – Operation RoboLord and RoboTron placed 5th and 6th with a tied score out of 18 Advanced Teams. Everyone at Silverton ISD is very proud of the students outstanding performance and problem solving ability during their first year of Robotics competition.
Robotics in an invaluable resource for teaching science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills. It also develops critical thinking, collaboration, and problem solving, along with other 21st century skills such as creativity, imagination, curiosity, and innovation. A curriculum that includes robotics provides students with the ability to take an active role in their own learning and forms a necessary foundation for their lives in the ever-changing world.
Each year, TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association) provides its members with the opportunity to explore the impact of robotics. Participating students from elementary through secondary schools design, collaborate, plan, redesign, construct, create, assemble, invent, reinvent, write, present, and pompete to see who has developed the smartest robot. The contest vary based on strategies that involve speed, accuracy, sensing objects, and light. A programmable robot is limited only by the imagination of its inventor.
JUNIOR HIGH / ELEMENTARY
(Back – Jr. High – L-R) Brenna Francis, Riley Gore, Jacob Gonzalez, Cooper Cox
(Front – Elementary – L-R) Maddie Francis, MaKayla Perkins, Cooper Mullins, Zaden Ortiz
(L-R) Grant Gore, Caleb Miller, Tally Patton, Lexi Frizzell, Daniel Walton, Jeffrey Mata, Colton Cogdell, Cade Grant