What is the Dowell Robotics Club?
Welcome to the newest, most exciting and challenging club at Dowell Middle School. The goal of this club is to expose your child to the world of Applied Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) with an emphasis on 21st Century Learning skills such as group work and problem solving. We are using the VEX Robotics format which was developed and engineered with co-curricular and extracurricular robotics competitions specifically in mind. We will be scheduling a spring challenge window with a competition between the robotics teams at Dowell Middle School and at Scott Johnson Middle School.
We understand that your child’s academics must come first. No child will be asked to leave the club if they have to miss a couple of meetings due to academics. However, since this program is only a few weeks long, any student who misses too many meetings will be lost and become a burden to the team. If we have a student who is unable to consistently make meetings, that student is not benefiting from our goals for this program and will be encouraged to leave the group. There will be set deadlines in the spring during the challenge. In order to meet the deadlines, we will be spending many afternoons and possibly some weekends working towards the completion of our robot.
Our main goal is for your child to learn, to have fun, and to be safe. All district, school, and science laboratory rules will be followed throughout the program. There will be zero tolerance for misbehavior in this club, and any student infringing on these rules will be asked to leave without warning. The Dowell Robotics Club (DRC) is excited about learning and developing these teams. The success of the club will be dependent on our student’s willingness to work hard. We are expecting a large interest and participation for this club.
We would also like to express that the goals of this program are to enhance a love for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and to give students the opportunity to be involved in a real life experience. The organizers of the competition have placed a huge emphasis on STUDENT learning and do not encourage parent involvement. Although the help of parents is needed for fundraising, transportation, meals, and more, the building of the robot, display, oral presentation, engineering notebook, and making of posters is limited entirely to the work of students. We will also be partnering with community engineers to ensure our students and staff are engaged in every aspect of the engineering process.
Club members have several activities to choose from in building the Robot, competing in tournaments and keeping the Club strong and successful: