From the Junior Botball Challenge web-site: "The program focuses on training and empowerment of teachers so that they can teach their students how to write code and apply the engineering design process in a fun and meaningful way. Students learn through an inquiry-based curriculum that teaches discrete programming skills through challenges that demonstrate mastery of the concept."
At the workshop, Ms. Yanes and I were able to build our own basic 'bot and also program some very basic moves writing code in the C programming language. It was fun and challenging; I never imagined that I had the intelligence to program a robot!
Time has a way of flying by, and the second semester of school will be here soon. I plan to familiarize myself with the curriculum over the break, as well as build the remaining four robots. Hopefully we can get started fairly quickly once we're back in school. It makes the most sense to have several small groups of students working this program at different times of the day/week. Several colleagues are interested in the Botball Challenge as well, and parent volunteers are always welcome. More information on this program will be available after winter break.