FALLBROOK – The students of Potter Junior High School hosted their first Fallbrook Union Elementary School District Competitive Robotics Event Friday, Dec. 9. It will be the first of many similar events showcasing the technical abilities and creativity of Potter Students in the world of robotics, according to the district.
The FUESD Competitive Robotics program follows the format from "First Lego League." Teams of four to 10 students are tasked with designing and building a robot. Students write code for their robot to autonomously complete challenge "missions."
Each team also develops and presents its finished projects before a panel of judges. Each team is tasked to create an "innovative solution to a current problem around the yearly theme." The theme for this year is "Superpowered," or energy management and use.
"Our seventh and eighth graders learn how engineers and scientists work collaboratively to solve real-world problems," Potter robotics and mathematics teacher Chuck Floto said. "While engineering and coding are certainly significant parts of this program, teamwork is the primary skill that students learn. In our first year as a districtwide program, we had 50 students participate. The energy and excitement among students have grown and we are looking forward to a more extensive program next year."
The start of the FUESD Competitive Robotics Program was a great success, and students and teachers alike said they are looking forward to the next event in spring.
Submitted by Fallbrook Union Elementary School District.