First Robo-Tech Expo features student projects

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Seguin Elementary hosted the school’s first Robo-Tech Expo, which showcased skills and projects students learned in robotics and technology classes during the school year. Students in grades K-5 presented two-dozen projects, including robots, technology, and programming projects, to students, staff, and about 40 parents on May 19, 2015.

Kindergarteners and first-graders used LEGO components to build simple machines such as spinning tops, seesaws, go-karts, and merry-go-rounds that displayed their knowledge of speed, direction, balance, pulleys, and gears. Second- and third-graders used Lego WeDo sets to program wild animals and animate them using motion and tilt sensors. They also created a model for their habitat using life-science concepts, while dancing birds and smart spinning tops displayed knowledge of advanced pulleys and gears.

Using LEGO EV3 and concepts of programming, math, and physical science, fourth- and fifth-graders programmed robot cars to drive through a maze, avoid obstacles, and return to the starting point.

Programming students used coding to create their own video game and named it “Flappy Shark.” Other students used Game Story Creators to write their own stories and present them in a digital format. Students used Microsoft PowerPoint to create biographies of their favorite celebrities, Microsoft Paint to create trains, automobiles, and cartoon characters, and Pivot Animator to create animated cartoons.

The students learned these skills in classes taught by robotics instructor Luz Navarrete and technology instructor Gina Isabel.