A Team Experience
Designed to teach students some of the skills they will need in their future careers — collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity — the Robotics Program also provides valuable team experience. Many of our Robotics Team members play on interscholastic athletic teams at The Country School, but for those who don’t, the Robotics program provides an opportunity to learn about sportsmanship, perseverance, and the importance of working together.At The Country School, our youngest students begin working with LEGO Robotics in our STEAM Lab as part of their regular science and/or STEAM sessions. Older students are invited to join our popular and award-winning competitive robotics program.
The Country School has two robotics teams, the Wise Guys and Archimedes Owls. By First LEGO League rules, students must be 9 years old to participate, so most team members are in 5th-8th Grades.
A Winning Team
The Country School Robotics Teams Wise Guys and Archimedes Owls competed in the First Lego League (FLL) Regional competition in Old Lyme on Saturday, November 17. Archimedes Owls, the younger team, gained valuable competition experience and impressed their coaches with their enthusiasm and inclusivity. For the second year in a row, Country School’s Wise Guys, the more experienced team, earned a coveted Golden Ticket, allowing them to proceed to the State Championships. In addition, Stephanie Johnson, Country School’s science teacher and robotics coach, won Best Mentor award which recognized her hard work and dedication to our robotics teams, and exemplifies the teaching philosophy and child-centered practices of all our teachers at The Country School.
This year’s FLL theme, “Into Orbit,” asked the questions, “What does it take to live on a space station or travel to another planet?” “What happens to your body in space?” and “What are the risks during long-duration space exploration within our solar system?” The Wise Guys devised novel solutions to combat sleep deprivation while living and working in space for extended periods of time and discussed their solutions with a local psychiatrist at Yale University who was able to help them see connections to the importance of sleep not only for astronauts, but also in their own lives. They performed equally as well in the teamwork presentation, earning points during the robot missions, showing mastery of programming as well as the ability to perform, strategize and adjust under pressure.
The Super Bowl of Smarts
As Morgan Freeman says in this FIRST LEGO video, a robotics tournament is a “Super Bowl of Smarts.”