- Trinidad School District #1 Trinidad High School Science Department
The VEX Cortex Robotics Program allows students to build real robots while providing a rigorous, age appropriate curriculum inclusive of (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) STEM skills needed to flourish in the 21st century. Students will gain new knowledge and reinforce prior knowledge and skills in physics, chemistry, biology, pre-calculus, geometry, algebra, computer science, mechanical structures, and electricity. All learning will be completed through a hands-on approach as they create a robot that can lift, throw, climb, etc.
The project fits the Bar NI Ranch Community Service Fund’s mission because it will empower students to do several things. First, many of Trinidad’s brightest students are underachievers, lacking direction or purpose. This program will provide an opportunity for low achieving, under involved students to take a relevant, practical interest in the engaging process of using STEM to create a robot. Second, STEM is leading the world now, and more career opportunities are available in this field than any other. This is a discovery process that will lead at-risk students to finding a niche in the STEM educational and professional environment. Third, after the initial cost of the program, the upkeep expenses are relatively low, because the equipment can be reused year after year. Students will need to raise money to travel to competitions and purchase replacements for broken parts, but will take the personal responsibility to train new students year after year. This will be a student led and facilitated program, with the teachers taking the role of guidance. Finally, the club will “give back” by reaching out to younger students. They will visit elementary classrooms and give demonstrations with their robots in effort to ignite the STEM spark in others, speaking about the importance of math, science, and reading and how they are all necessary to be successful in school and life.