Robotics has captured students from 2nd grade through 8th grade at Assumption.
The RoboBandits,6th, 7th, and 8th graders, competed throughout the 2018-2019 season and ended in 9th place in a field of 32 teams. What is most amazing is that our team competed against High School Robotics Teams! The only Middle School in the top 10, Assumption's RoboBandits proved themselves to be confident, talented, and "ready to rumble".
As members of F.I.R.S.T. ( For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), the RoboBandits were a Tech Challenge team (grades 7-12) that was challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format.
Guided by adult coaches and mentors, students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles, while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and working as a team.
The robot kit, which is initially purchased, is reusable from year to year and can be coded using a variety of levels of Java-based programming. Each year, teams design and build robots, raise funds, design and market their team brand, and do community outreach to earn specific awards. The Robotic Competition has different challenges each year, so the development of the Robot must meet the expectations of the GAME.
Each season concludes with regional championship events and an exciting FIRST Championship.
Fox High School hosted the regional championship, where Assumption RoboBandits placed 9th (out of 32 teams). The team is grateful to Mr. Carl Gentry, Boeing engineer, who invested his time and engineering expertise to help in the planning and design of the robot and to Mrs. Joan Ryan, who, as the local moderator, coordinated the meetings, the team and the competitions.
The Galaxy Girls, is a group of 2nd graders whose team participated in the FIRST® LEGO®League Jr. competition. In it's 30th season the challenge was MISSION MOON.
Each year, FIRST LEGO League Jr. presents a new and exciting Challenge to ignite the creativity of children age 6 to 10. The Assumption Galaxy Girls were to explore a real-world them of getting water on the Moon. The team worked together, with the help of adults, to engineer and program an iPad which then applies the concepts to make their model move. Teams also document their work in an Engineering Notebook and share their journey through a team Show Me Poster. Throughout their experience, the Galazy Girls operated under the FIRST LEGO League Jr. Core Values, celebrating discovery, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism®.
Assumption's Galazy Girl's received the honor of the Team with the most dynamic Presentation!
STEM Day at the Capitol
Hundreds of students and education supporters rallied at the Missouri Capitol on Thursday, March 7, in a celebration of the state’s growing math and science efforts. Assumption students Ava Gandolfo, Luke Gandolfo, and Evelyn Woodside representing the Robotics Teams: Junior Geniuses and Robosaders, participated in the Capitol Cup in a FIRST Lego League Robotics Challenge.
The annual STEM Day at the Capitol, hosted by the Missouri Chamber Foundation’s Mathematics and Science Coalition, highlights this important part of our economy and the opportunities STEM education provides to students. Missouri Chamber members will provide hands-on technology for students and guests, including an F-18 flight simulator brought in by the Boeing Company.
The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry is a strong supporter of science and math education in Missouri. Through the Missouri Chamber Foundation, the chamber engages businesses and education leaders statewide to help ensure Missouri’s students are prepared to enter tomorrow’s workforce.