On February 10th at 7:30 am, over 40 competitive robotics teams will descend upon Corona High School for the 3rd Annual Corona STEM Academy VEX Robotics Competition. This years game is called In the Zone. For the past several months, students in both middle and high school have been using the Engineering Design Process to build and program robots for this event. The robots task - to pick up and stack cones from all over the field and attempt to put them in particular locations for different amounts of points. The first 15 seconds is autonomous, meaning the robots are working solely from the programming and there is no user control. Then the teams drive their robots for the next 1:45 working in alliances to get the highest scores.
This competition encourages students to develop so many skills that employers are looking for. Students develop teamwork and leadership skills. They learn how to apply the design process in solving problems. They learn how to troubleshoot and think creatively under timelines and in the heat of competition. It teaches them sportsmanship and how to handle obstacles as they arise. The best part about this competition is that it breeds all these skills in a fun and competitive game. Please come to see what students are doing and if you want to volunteer, please contact Pete D'Agostino at 951.531.3812 or email@example.com.