At a recent robotics mini event, kids used math to make robots “walk the line”.
Over 75 students in their through fifth grade took part in the mini challenge sponsored by the Copperas Cove Independent School District. Students tested their skills in programming by having Lego NXT robots “Walk the Line” in a drag race and navigate a Pac Man style 3D maze.
Cove ISD director of curriculum and instruction Kelly Avritt said that the students had to program the robot to enter the maze, navigate and the locate Pac-Man and push him out of the maze.
“They have to program their robots, they have to build them, there is tons of math, problem-solving, working with a team, and it’s a great opportunity for them to problem solve and practically use math,” Avritt said.
Students enjoy the robotics club, as it involves hands on challenges, rather than pencil and paper calculations. Problem solving is visual.