NEWS: Our year is divided into two parts. Robotics Club meets in the Spring Semester and Robotics Team meets in the Fall. To be on the Robotics Team you have to have participated in Robotics Club the previous school year. Robotics Club starts on Wednesday, February 21, 2018. If you are interested in joining the robotics club, go to the forms tab above and fill in your contact information any time between now and January 1st.
Spring Semester Robotics Club is open to any student enrolled at Walsh Middle School. We will meet every Wednesday till the end of semester. All Meetings are in room 800. At the end of May we hold a competition to choose twelve students to be on our 2018/19 Robotics Team. Those teams begin training for the Tournament season in September. They will compete in a Qualifying Tournament in December and if they finish in the top ten they will be in the Invitational Tournament the following February.
COACH: Michelle Silvestry
NATIONAL INSTRUMENTS MENTOR: Zach Brown and Matthew Saari
Some information about our Mentor Engineer: Zach Brown is a Software Engineer at National Instruments and this is his second year volunteering at Walsh.
THESE ARE THE FOUR CATEGORIES WE COMPETE IN AT OUR TOURNAMENTS SO WE FOCUS ON THEM ALL YEAR LONG
1. CORE VALUES: Gracious Professionalism: Throughout the day, Judges will circulate through all areas of the competition to see how teams conduct themselves and how they interact with others. While we encourage competition to bring out the best results we also expect positive communication and support between teammates and rivals.
Teamwork: In the tournament, students are graded on their ability to work with others during a competitive activity. How well they divide labor, participate and take responsibility has a huge effect on how much they can accomplish.
2. RESEARCH / PRESENTATION: At the beginning of the year each competition team will choose a research project related to this year’s topic, Hydrodynamics, and create an oral presentation/performance on their chosen topic. After their presentation at the tournament the team members are interviewed by judges about the process of their research and the creation of their presentation and how they shared their ideas with the community.
3. ROBOT DESIGN AND PROGRAMMING: Each team will have their robot design and programming judged in a Q&A with a judging panel.
4. ROBOT CHALLENGE: Students will design and build a robot to complete missions, laid out on a Challenge Mat . They will compete in three timed matches and winners determined by counting their highest single score.