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AdamasBots 4589 are gearing up for robotics build season
Building a robot is part of some secondary school students’ school expectation in Humble Independent School District. The Humble ISD first robotics competition team, the AdamasBots 4589, went to the Houston Remix Robotics Competition and won First Place-Alliance in November. They have been competing since 2011 and the AdamasBots 4589 will compete again in the Recycle Rush competition on April 2-4, 2015.
The AdamasBots 4589 won against a total of 31 robotics teams across the country and Mexico in a competition featuring 100-pound robotics. The teams built these robots from the ground up, with a parts kit and the rules of the competition and no guide or instruction manual.
Robotics helps students explore for students in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics concepts. “It inspires kids.” Kathleen Goerner, Kingwood Park High School science academic lead teacher, said. “There is a deep emotional drive for students who join robotics and find out that they want to be an engineer or scientist. They meet professionals in the STEM field and then they have that connection where they are inspired to take technical classes which will certify them after high school now.”
Larkin Le Sueur, Career and Technology Education Center pre-engineering and robotics teacher, said that he has seen a change in the students’ personal and academic improvement through the robotics club in their level of confidence. He said that the students’ problem-solving ability and the ability to successfully fail are crucial skills that the students have learned through robotics.
The Atascocita, Humble and Kingwood communities have demonstrated their support to Humble ISD robotics. For instance, the Humble Police Dept. and the Humble Fire Dept. hosted a fundraising barbecue at Kingwood High School and raised $17,000 to assist with registration fees, airfare and hotel for 15 teammates.
There are 23 students participating in the AdamasBots 4589 Robotics Club. Robotics does more than just teach programming, engineering or other STEM-related fields to students.
“I am not a people-person really and being here, you have to talk to people.” Brooke Chinen, a KPHS sophomore, said. “Generally we have people who come to visit and everyone had to explain what they were doing, myself included. It’s helped my confidence in robotics.”
Jacob Ary, a KPHS junior said that during lunches the team would go to elementary and middle schools to let the younger students drive the 10-inch demo robots. “We tell them about the team and our goal and the For Inspiration Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) overall goal of science in the community to be a celebrated thing like football and we’re all super excited about it.”
“It’s given me the ability to speak publically about ideas, communicate with other people better, trust what I’ve done in school and have the confidence of what I do and my ability through robotics.” said William Lofton, a Kingwood High School senior and co-founder of the robotics team for the District.
For more information on robotics and the KPHS AdamasBots 4589 team visit their website at http://adamasbots4589.wix.com/adamasbots4589#
The AdamasBots 4589 went to the Houston Remix Robotics Competition and won First Place-Alliance in November 2014 as they give thumbs up on their success. Photographed are Humble Independent School District students with teachers: Jacob Ary, George Cerro, Larkin Le Sueur, the pre-engineering and robotics teacher; Will Lofton, Gerardo Ornelas and Kathleen Goerner, the Kingwood Park High School science academic lead teacher.