Kids Expand Learning Through Robotics

Advances in robotics seem to often come from maybe China or Japan.

But we have our own brains right here in America!

The best of the best in robotics are coming to the metro this weekend.

These students at St. Cecelia Catholic School are making the final adjustments on their contest entries.

They are taking part in the national vex robotics championship this weekend.

Fifth grader Julia Brockhouse says there was a lot of trial and error when her team was building their entry.

"When we started to build it we just did the proto-bot base and then we decided to put on a claw bot arm which was a big difference from the original claw bot," she said.

The program is called "create". Students design and build their own entries. The robots are controlled by remote

They can pick up a ball and drop it in a hopper.

The students learn about motors and gears and computers and much more.

"This really helped in engineering so I was thinking about that or working with something electrical, something that would involve motors...it was really cool," Seventh grader Logan Field said.

"All the work you put into it and at the end you are lust like...wow, it's done and all of those hours just worked out so well," Seventh grader Nate Werding said.

"First of all the fun of it,” Seventh grader James Brockhouse said. “It's a really neat program and getting to meet other people, mix their ideas."

It's also an extension of what they learn in school, according to Create President Jim Schulte.

"It truly is inspiring, so they leave here thinking, hey, my math, my science, and my like for engineering it's really cool," he said.

The robotic engineers say this joy in learning also pushes them to a higher level than they ever imagined.

More than 150 schools from 25 states and Puerto Rico will be here for the robotic challenge.

The competition runs Thursday through Saturday at the Ralston Arena. Admission is free.

Contest winners go on to compete in the world championships.


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