VEX IQ Robotics Club Builds Engineering Skills

VEX IQ Robotics Club Builds Engineering Skills
Posted on 10/05/2018
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At Gardner Magnet, the VEX IQ Robotics Club meets after school every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday to study and experience robotic engineering. Through the VEX IQ program, Gardner has acquired a snap-together robotics system with many pieces and parts designed from the ground up to build engineering skills in students of all ages.  Students are lead by Ms. Courtney Smith in various exercises (called labs) that challenge them to build different types of robots, robotic/mechanical parts, and robotic systems.

By packaging advanced concepts into an accessible package, the VEX IQ system encourages teamwork, problem solving, and leadership for all students. Gardner currently has 11 students on the team. Their grades range from 3rd grade to 5th grade. Four tournaments are scheduled for this dedicated group as follows: November 3rd at Henderson State University, December 1st at ULAR, January 26th in Russellville, and February 16th at Henderson State University. The February 16th tournament will determine if the group will attend the state tournament in Russellville on March 7th.

The VEX IQ company maintains that elementary and middle school is the most formative time in a young student's life. Therefore, the best way to instill a lifelong interest in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) is to provide a fun, engaging, and hands-on opportunity to explore and experience it for themselves - which it has done through robotics.

Gardner is part of 22,000+ schools across 50+ countries to offer this type of specialized STEM opportunity to students. Learn more about VEX IQ Robotics Curriculum for elementary students, here. Learn more about the VEX IQ Robotics system as a tool for all STEM educators, here. Learn more about our #HSSD Gardner Magnet School, here.