Student Ingenuity on Display in Robotics Contest
More than 400 elementary and middle school students from grades 4-8 will show off their hard work and technical prowess at the sixteenth annual Sonoma County Robotics Challenge on Saturday, May 5. Student teams from 28 schools will compete in eight events that require skill in robot design and programming.
The event will take place from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM at Elsie Allen High School in Santa Rosa. The public is invited to attend.
Students prepare for the Sonoma County Robotics Challenge between February and April, during which time they design, build, and program robots using Lego Mindstorm robotics kits and programming software. Project work promotes skills needed for success in the modern world, including problem solving, innovation, team collaboration, and communication.
The Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE) partnered with local schools and the Sonoma County Economic Development Board to create this program, which is now in its sixteenth year. The goal of the partnership is to engage elementary and middle school students in applying mathematics, science, engineering, critical thinking, teamwork, and oral presentation skills through robotics activities.
Learn more about the Sonoma County Robotics Challenge by visiting http://www.scoe.org/robotics.
This year’s challenge events include:
- Maze Runner: Asks participants to design and program a robot which successfully navigates an 8 foot by 8 foot maze from start to finish in the shortest time.
- King of the Hill : Matches two robots climbing a hill to occupy a space at the top that is only large enough for one. The robot who is in the top space at the end of one minute is "King of the Hill."
- Off Road Racing: Involves a 16-foot long course with sections of lumber placed at different intervals. Teams design robots able to overcome the barriers, stay on track, and finish in the shortest time.
- Sumo Robot: Sumo wrestling engages two robot contestants in trying to push each other out of a three foot circular ring. The first robot to touch the floor outside of the ring loses. The last robot remaining in the ring wins.
- Bull in a China Shop: Uses a three-foot circular ring with 10 items of different sizes and weights placed at random locations in the ring. Teams have the task of creating a robot that will be able to push all 10 items out of the ring in the shortest time possible.
Adele Harrison Middle School
Austin Creek Elementary School
Brooks Elementary School
Douglas Whited Elementary School
Fitch Mountain Elementary School
Golden Hills 4H
Hidden Valley Elementary School
Hillcrest Middle School
Horicon Elementary School
John B. Riebli Elementary School
Kenilworth Junior High School
La Tercera Elementary School
Meadow Elementary School
McNear Elementary School
PACS at McKinley School
Proctor Terrace Elementary
School Rincon Valley Charter School
Roseland Collegiate Prep
Roseland Creek Elementary
Santa Rosa Accelerated Charter School
Sonoma Country Day School
St Eugene School
St Francis Solano School
Steele Lane Elementary School
Technology Middle School