Read all about the ChangeMakers Student-Led Robotics Club:
The Robotics Club is the brainchild of some of our 8th graders who were interested in taking their basic robotics knowledge and applying it to an exploratory process in which they are getting into the mechanics and creative side of developing a moto-car. They are almost completely student run. They develop their own goals and only seek adult support if necessary. They have developed their own budget, pitch, and anticipated outcomes. It is so impressive! They meet every Thursday and have four full time members.
Read a recent interview with the members of the robotics club!
Why were you interested in joining the Robotics team?
Jaden: "I like working with Tech, if my Xbox breaks apart I want to be able to fix it. It looked cool. I want to know how to fix and repair things, not a lot of people know how to do this!"
Isaac: "I wanted to be a computer programmer when I grow up, I want to learn early."
Ryan: "Well I am the robotics leader, but it all started when I was playing this game called Rocket League- where you have little cars, so I thought it would be fun to do this in real life. I went to a trade school in 5th grade, so I learned how to code and do a lot of hands on stuff (woodwork, engineering), so I went to Ms. Baker who led the robotics team last year! I was scared that we wouldn’t have a robotics team and thought to myself- I can lead a robotics team I presented the proposal to Mr. Bolia and Ms. Weingarten, We got a go ahead and they gave me a budget of 2,000."
So tell me all about the Robotics club:
“It all started when I was playing this game called Rocket League- where you have little cars and get to race them. I thought it would be fun to do this in real life, so I went to Ms. Baker who led the robotics team last year and drafted a proposal to keep this going at our school. I presented the proposal to Mr. Bolia and Ms. Weingarten and we got a go ahead!”
Why is this work important to you? Explain how this club demonstrates the Pillar THINK?
Ryan:"It’s a demonstration of THINK because you gain knowledge about things that we normally wouldn’t have access to. A projector for example, you don’t know how it’s pieced together, but you must always question how you can deconstruct things and put them back. THINK is pursuing knowledge and this happens in robotics."
Jaden: "I think robotics is important because it teaches us to handle tech, forces us to think beyond your abilities. I want to know how to fix and repair things, not a lot of people know how to do this!"
What is the impact of The Robotics Club on our students and community?
We hope to inspire and encourage other students to join the robotics club so that they have the opportunity to keep building awesome things. Mr. Bolia also has his own robotics club outside of CMA, and I think a lot of other students can be inspired about doing this outside of Caliber. It’s important to pursue this inside and outside of the classroom.
Why is this pillar important to you?
"THINK is the acquisition of knowledge and it’s important to reach for a better understanding of how the world around you works. It’s important to always want to keep learning about things that you otherwise wouldn’t have."
What are your ideas as to how we can embody this pillar more often moving forward?
"People can always embody THINK by questioning the world around them. Why does this happen? How do birds fly? Always ask questions! People need to be more open about learning things they might not be interested in. It will work your mind, when doing robotics your mind is working!"
If you could share one piece of wisdom or insight related to this pillar with our community, what would it be?
Ryan: '''I would say to always stay curious!"
Isaac: "I would say to use your smarts and think before you do."
Jaden: "Do things that you like and be open minded about learning new things!"