On the other hand, Team Lightening Race with their robot “Robotics Masterpiece” chose to build a shield in addition to a catapult — a unique feature of the competition.
“I loved everything about this,” 8-year old Izel Lopez exclaimed. “My favorite part, though, was making the main part of the robot.”
The goal of the first collaboration between Spartatroniks and the museum is to promote a positive learning environment for young local students, said Amy Asman Blasco, program director at the museum, and Ty Fredriks, OAHS Spartatroniks club leader and teacher.
Blasco focused on how the robotics camp has been preparing students for the real world.
“It teaches them problem solving,” Blasco explained. “They have been learning to work as a team to solve complex problems, and they can apply it to everyday life — both in school and personally.”
Fredriks is interested in the exposure it gives students to science and math, two fields that many children often do not get much experience with in their younger years.
“It is exposing kids to the true engineering process,” he explained. “It gives them eye opening experiences — they may not have known what engineering is before.”
“We’re out to change kids’ lives,” he continued. “We want them to understand that engineering is a career that can be fulfilling, challenging, and within their grasp — that’s the fun part about this.”
The rival teams will be setting off their robots at 3 p.m. today at the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum.
For more information, call 928-8414.