Rev up with the Woodlawn Engineering & Robotics Club (WREC) in the New Year. Drop into Woods Hall any Friday after school, or come out next Sunday, January 10th from 2 to 5 pm.
There is a lot to build and play with including PushBot, hockey bots, WATT, WALL-E, Ozbots, Mindstorm LEGOs, Littlebits and more. We’ve included a snapshot at the bottom of what we were up to as we wrapped up 2015.
So drop in . . . we’d love to see you.
PushBot: Students as young as first grade and as old as eleventh are answering the call to get Woodlawn competition ready. Each one is helping to bring our First Technology Challenge (FTC) competition robot kit, PushBot, to life. Trevor completed the tower and wheel assemblies. Dusty worked on the right chassis rail assembly. Lily, Ben, Braden and others worked together to assemble the arm and claw including the servos.
Take Apart: WREC students have been taking apart donated electronic items each week. Recently, they broke down an old IP phone system, a CRT television and even a broken pencil sharpener. Each item presents a puzzle – how to take it apart without breaking it? And along the way everyone learns more about the parts and how it used to work. Given the size of old television parts, students can really see the individual components.
Little Bits: When they weren’t taking things apart, several of the lower-school students put together Little Bits – building mini electronic experiments.
Hallway Hockey: Our hockey bots have been taking over the hallways in nail-biting expedition games. It turns out the carpet is a real drag on the robots’ speed, so the hardwoods make the best field. And students are starting to test “puck” sizes for optimal game play.
WALL-E: Dr. Simon finished wiring WALL-E and conducted its first dramatic test run.