Fox Valley Robotics and Batavia Robotics will be opening registration for their 14th season with new robotics challenges for kids in first to 12th grade.
The fourth year for the highly successful LegoWolves Division for first- to third-graders will take on trash in the new challenge "Waste Wise." These young kids will work with Lego pieces to construct a robotics model which relates to their current challenge which involves reducing, reusing, recycling, and beyond trash in every imaginable format. The kids will culminate their season in February in an event which celebrates their hard work and fun they had displaying their robotic models and poster boards.
The fourth- to eighth-grade LegoDogs Division will be working on FIRST's "Trash Trek." Teams will rethink what trash means from collecting, sorting, smart producing, and reusing. In the "Trash Trek Challenge," teams will build, test, and program an autonomous robot using Lego Mindstorms EV3/NXT to solve a set of missions as well as research, develop, and share their innovative "trash" solutions.
In the eighth- to 12th-grade Coyotes Division, there are two different competitions that the kids can participate. The "VEX Nothing But Net Game" is played on a 12-foot by 12-foot square field. Two alliances -- one "red" and one "blue" -- composed of two teams each, compete in matches consisting of a 15-second autonomous period followed by 105 seconds of driver-controlled play. The object of the game is to attain a higher score than your opponent alliance by scoring balls and bonus balls in the low and high goals, and by elevating robots in the climbing zone. The other challenge for the Coyotes Division will be presented from FIRST and is released in early September.
The goals of the above programs are to have the kids "think beyond the box" and to have fun. The programs allow the kids to go beyond simple box instructions and to formulate the why and how on their own with guidance from instructors and mentors. Creativity and ingenuity has no limits when it comes to robotics and what these kids can learn and accomplish.
Info meetings for those wanting more details or interested in joining are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, at Rotolo Middle School, 1501 S. Raddant, Batavia. Enter at doors N11. The organization hosts competition events in December, January, February, and March with 30-60 teams attending in different robotic challenges.
Batavia Robotics has been around since 2002, and adopted the name Fox Valley Robotics in 2007. As a nonprofit, multi-community based organization, they are recognized by many schools and school districts in the area and provide kids throughout the year the ability to explore the world of robotics with a variety of programs. Registration is now open. For information, visit www.foxvalleyrobotics.com.