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RoboCon to showcase students’ robotics skills

Students working with robots Students working with robots More than 325 elementary and middle school students will demonstrate their skills in robotics during the first-ever RoboCon, a Cherry Creek Robotics Competition. The districtwide event will feature more than 80 K-8 teams competing in one of three types of robotics events: Wonder League, Vex IQ and Jr. First Lego League.  In addition, high school robotics teams will do special demonstrations. RoboCon will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 29 at West Middle School, located at 5151 S. Holly Street in Greenwood Village. Admission is free and food trucks will be available.

Robotics is a branch of engineering that involves the conception, design, manufacture and operation of robots. Robotics involves other fields, including electronics, computer science and artificial intelligence.

Across the Cherry Creek School District, students from kindergarten through 12th grade have the opportunity to learn about robotics in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics or STEM classes. Many also participate in extracurricular robotics clubs. This is the first year Cherry Creek Schools has hosted a districtwide robotics competition.

“We understand that kids are highly interested in robotics, so we want to offer them opportunities to learn more about robotics and explore possible pathways for their future,” said Keli Kinsella, a STEM and innovation coach for Cherry Creek Schools, who is one of the event organizers. She said that robotics is a fun and challenging way for students of all ages to develop important 21st century skills, including collaboration, computational thinking, problem-solving and teamwork.

Robotics aligns with the Instructional Excellence goal in Cherry Creek Future Forward, the district’s strategic plan for maintaining educational excellence. That goal states in part, that CCSD will provide “…ALL students with rigorous and relevant learning experiences…”

Kinsella said robotics is increasingly relevant in our high tech world and global economy.

“There are myriad real-world applications for robotics,” she said. “We want our students to understand what robots can do for us now, and to be thinking about what they might be able to do for us in the future.”

Posted 2/3/2020.