Welcome to Robotics!
The STAR Robotics Department offers classes that explore the futuristic world of automation and engineering through a variety of robots. Our Robotics instructors are knowledgeable in the fields of Engineering and Robotics and personally interested in Technology. The students start the class with a pre-built robot and move on to more complex and expansive robotics kits that require assembly and engineering design. Throughout their robotics journey, students satisfy their curiosity by trying an infinite combination of pieces and programs and seeing the results of each.
By combining easily accessible tools with hands-on lessons that teach design, programming logic, and simple circuits, we ensure that all students develop a thought process that allows them to face challenges and think outside the box. We also provide a team oriented environment for students to strengthen their collaboration and cooperation skills as they take on tasks that mimic real world robot uses. Students also dive into the world of electronics, learning about simple circuits and circuit design. By the end of the class, each students is able to identify how robots function, and how they can be useful and applicable for the modern world. Beyond regular Robotics class, we also offer a Droid Academy, Robotics Lab, and a First Lego League prep class which leads to Robotic competitions.
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Exciting New Classes Offered for Winter, Session 2!
Imagine a world where everything around you is now automated by machines. A world where robots can help you learn how to play music, practice for sports, and even build other robots. Exploring concepts such as sensing and logic flow, students will be able to apply the Engineering Design Process to create a robot to assist them with their hobbies. Discover the fundamentals of robotics, such as simple circuitry and mechanical prototyping and apply them to build durable robots. At the end of class, make your creations come to life through programming, and experience hobby automation today!
FIRST LEGO® League
Interested in robotics? Join us as we compete in FIRST LEGO League! This is a team-based robotics competition for students ages 9-14. During NOVA sessions 1 and 2, your team will prepare for the competition, culminating in the class’s attendance of at least 1 robotics competition! The competition consists of designing, building, and programming robotics challenges, giving a presentation, and demonstrating the First Lego League (FLL) Core Values of teamwork and positive discovery.
First LEGO League, Jr.
First LEGO League Jr. is a tool to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting and challenging mentor-based educational platforms that build science, engineering and technology skills while constructing with their favorite building tool: LEGO bricks. Guided by two or more STAR Coaches, teams (up to 6 members, grades K-3) explore a real-world scientific problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc and build an innovative LEGO model that represents a possible solution. Then they create a Show Me poster that illustrates their journey of discovery and introduces their team. In the process, teams learn about teamwork, the wonders of science and technology, and the FIRST LEGO League Jr. Core Values, which include respect, sharing, and critical thinking. At the close of each season, teams come together on a regional basis to strut their stuff, share ideas, celebrate, and have fun!