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STEM Challenge

Explore the world of STEM while working on
hands-on, fun, activities!

How the STEM Challenge works:

In the STEM Challenge, your child will join a team of 4 to 6 other like-minded children. Teams will be placed into levels determined by grade.

Level 1: Grades 2 & 3

  • These students will work together to take an Ozobot (a pretty cool round robot) and program it using Ozoblockly (an application that’s easy for all ages to use).
  • They’ll program it to autonomously solve a maze.
  • Then, they’ll create a poster and/or promo video about their experience, and write and present a short speech about what they did.

Level 2: Grades 4 & 5

  • These students will work together to take an mBot (a square-shaped smiling robot) and program it using Arduino (an electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software) to complete three missions.
  • The missions are:
    • Respond to a traffic light
    • Navigate a maze
    • Run an obstacle course
  • Then they’ll create a poster, conduct a presentation, and produce a promo video about their experience.
  • Finally, their project will be judged on:
    • Completeness of missions
    • Creativity for poster and promo video
    • Robot design
    • Code efficiency

When the STEM Challenge takes place:

Teams will meet once a week at their school during after school hours.

Fall:

  • September: Registration and Team formation
  • October-November: Teams start working on the challenge
  • December: Teams will finish their projects and participate in the STEM Challenge!

Winter/Spring:

  • January: Registration and Team formation
  • February-April: Teams start working on the challenge
  • May: Teams will finish their projects and participate in the STEM Challenge!

What happens on Challenge Day:

  • Each team will have their own table to showcase their robot, poster, and video
  • Teams will take turn to present their projects
  • Each team is given 10 minutes for the presentation and 5 minutes of Q&A

Registration and Schedule Information:

  • Classes: Select weekdays 2:40pm – 4:00pm (check with your school)
  • Location: At school
  • Price: $225

What students will learn:

Robotics & Engineering

Students will learn and apply motor, rotation counts, gear ratio, color sensor, and ultrasonic sensor

Digital Arts

Students will apply creative and design skills to create a video to demonstrate their robot, and a poster to showcase the design

Programming

Students will learn and apply expression, conditional statements, and loops