Sumo-Bot Fun & Soccer-Bot Fun (World Cup Inspired: Picture at Bottom).

1)Robotics can include “fierce” competition. We are lucky kids form strong friendships and have learned the importance of fair play and good sportsmanship. If this were not the case, Mr. A would need security in his robotics camp. Of course the campers are not engaging in hand to hand combat. Instead they are using robots built from Lego components, particularly the Lego Mindstorms sets. The combative event  is actually a world-renowned engineering clash that mimics the ancient art of Japanese Sumo.

In our variation of Sumo-Bot Competition, each robot must have met particular weight and size requirements prior to the official matches. Robots start on opposite sides of a white rectangular “Sumo” board or a rectangular space boardered by tape and prepare for a vicious showdown. Each team robot attempts to push the other team’s robot off the playing surface. After the battle, only one robot remains. After a few adjustments, the battle tested foes are much improved and ready to fight again. Below are some clips from this year’s competitions.

2) The children have fashioned many designs for their Soccer-Bots. They were inspired by Brazil World Cup and now are inspired by Brazil Olympics

The Woods Robotics Legacy

The Woods Robotics Legacy

Since this time, robotics and computer programming have become a hallmark of a Woods education. Today, our second grade students are introduced to robotics through the WeDo Lego robotics program. Students are able to build and program a variety of robots. And, our fifth and sixth grade students continue to study The Science of Robotics using the Lego Mindstorm Robotics curriculum which forms the core of the computer programming and robotics unit. Students are challenged to design and program robots that will accomplish a variety of tasks. The unit culminates with a robot design competition.

Not only has robotics become a core component of our science and technology curriculum, it is also an extremely popular and successful extracurricular activity. Today, The Woods has three FLL Robotics teams, the Owlbots, the Green Machine, and the Ladybots. Since the 2009-2010 school year, The Woods inaugural Robotics season, at least one Woods robotics team has competed at the FLL Maryland State Championship. We hope to carry this streak into our seventh season.
If you would like to learn more about their work, our Robotics teams will be presenting their research projects at the STEAM Showcase this Saturday, December 5 from 10 AM – 12 noon. The Ladybots will compete at their FLL Qualifier on Saturday, December 12 at Anne Arundel Community College and the Owlbots and the Green Machine will compete at their FLL Qualifier on Saturday, January 9 at Rockville Science Center, Universities at Shady Grove. The Robot Games portion of these Qualifiers is open to the the public.
Jodie Shoemaker

Green Machine earns 2nd Place

Congratulations to the Green Machine and the Owlbots! WOODS ACADEMY (FUTURE CAMP COUNSELORS)

Twenty teams from around the state of Maryland competed for the opportunity to advance to the state competition to be held at University Maryland Baltimore College on March 5, 2016. While neither team advanced, both teams performed well across all judging categories – research, robot design, and core values. The Green Machine even received the 2nd Place Project Award.

The 2015 FLL Trash Trek Challenge encourages participants to explore the fascinating world of trash. The Green Machine focused their research on ways to reduce pizza box trash while the Owlbots developed a machine for detecting and collecting trash found in oceans. In addition, the teams spent numerous hours using LEGO MINDSTORMS technologies to design, build, and program autonomous robots.

Since the 2009-2010 school year, The Woods inaugural Robotics season, at least one Woods robotics team has earned an award at the regional Qualifier and/ or advanced to the Maryland State Championship.