Forman School’s Robotics program employs the experiential, project-based learning that is so vital to our students.
Students engage in building and testing their robots in small groups, and are engrossed in solving daily and weekly challenges. Every week, new skills are added, such as point and swing turns, and navigating through a labyrinth in the classroom. The students participate in competitions such as the VEX Nothing But Net Robotics Competition. Novices and more experienced robot-builders work together towards this objective, and those with less knowledge of the process learn from their peers.
Longtime Forman teacher and Director of the Rainforest Project Wendy Welshans earned her robotics certification through Carnegie Mellon University. She teaches her students about using VEX language, what the different robotic parts do, and how to program each piece. Welshans says it’s rewarding “watching the kids unleashed, so focused on solving a problem. Watching them grow is awesome.”
2017 CTEEA Regional Vex Qualifier, University of New Haven
Advanced Robotics, Second Place
2016 CTEEA Regional Vex Qualifier, University of New Haven