St. Joseph School's Robotics Teams/Clubs serve as a vehicle to ignite our students' excitement about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects.
St Joseph School (SJS) utilitzes both the Lego Mindstorms® NXT and EV3 Education sets to transform our computer lab into a hands-on robotics laboratory. Students utilize creativity, logic, and problem-solving skills while learning key STEM concepts. Robotics is highly effective in developing teamwork and self-confidence.
We offer two after school robotics teams/clubs. St Joseph’s School offers an opportunity to a limited number of students to participate in one of two competitive robotics divisions for the school year. Each division will be limited to 20 students (40 total students for the combined two teams). The number of participants is limited to comply with league limitations (not SJS), the number of robots and the span of control for coaches.
The team will utilize Lego EV3 Mindstorms kits to build an autonomous robot to compete in league competition. It will introduce students to real engineering challenges. The challenge will be released by the league on the first day of school and the students will have 60 days to design, build and program a robot. The team must also complete and brief a scientific research paper that complements the challenge topic. Students will meet on Mondays each week after school until their specific competition date in the Fall (TBD). The team will reconvene once per week from January through April to improve their skills. The cost to participate on the FLL team is $200 to defray the cost of league registration, equipment purchases and field setup boards. All funds go to the SJS Robotics program.
The league is for 7th-12th grades, including local high schools. These robots are made from both Tetrix kits and other materials purchased locally. Before fabrication begins, students will use CAD software to model/create their design. The robots are wireless and are controlled by android devices. These devices must be programmed using JAVA to compete in sports themed games against other teams. Students will meet weekly (Wednesdays) until the competition in the December/January time frame. Following competition the team will continue to meet once per week through April. Cost to participate on the FTC team is $250. The FTC expenses are similar to FLL but the FTC equipment, field and parts are much more expensive. SJS is the only middle school in the diocese to compete at this level. Criteria for selection to the FLL and FTC teams is similar to that of any competitive team striving to win. Students who have competed in past years who demonstrated strong desire, team skills and ability will be given preference. A strong desire to learn and an interest in robots is essential. The competition is scored on teamwork. Thus, active participation and attendance at all practices is necessary. Each student selected will be required to sign a contract agreeing to the required level of commitment so that each student and their parents understand that the team and coaches are counting on them. Students will be required to arrange their own transportation to the competition events.