RMS Robotics / Technology Class
Mission: The Ridgewood Robotics / Technology program has a mission to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders. The innovative course and co-curricular competition engages students in exciting programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills. Participation in the Robotics / Technology program also fosters well-rounded life capabilities, including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.
Basic skills: Each student will maintain his or her own online account through Google Apps for Education. Students will practice file organization and sharing in Google Drive and Edmodo. We work to demystify technology terms and concepts such as megabytes and gigabytes, URLs and domain names. The students are expected to mantain and operate a variety of tools to include NXT Robots, Maker Bot 3D Printer, Mac Book Pro, iPads, and a variety of other digital equipment.
Applications: Students will learn to use cloud-based applications through Google Apps for Education (Email, Docs, Spreadsheets, Presentations, Drawing, Forms, etc.) and other free web-based tools (Tinker Cad and Edmodo). Students will be exposed to equivalent “off-line” applications through Microsoft Office tools (Word, PowerPoint, Excel). These applications will be used to support cross-curricular learning in English, science, and other classes whenever possible. In advanced classes, the students learn HTML and Java computer coding along with competing in various robotic competitions. The advanced group is usually referred to as the Cyber Raiders because of their ability to help teachers and students with using the different computers and programs.
6th Grade Robotics - Rotation
Students in the Basic 6th Grade Robotics - Rotation will learn the history behind the exciting field of robotics, the basics of block based programming, the maintenance and operation of a 3D printer, and will learn the finer points of programming by creating their own app based games with code.org in addition to structural design in engineering with programs such as tinkercad.
The Cyber Raiders
The Cyber Raiders advanced robotics and technology class is a select group of students that compete at robotic competitions and learn how to further develop their skills in programming by competing in RARC sanctioned challenges. Students in this course also engage in advanced technology projects such as 3D print and design, and also assist with the maintenance of campus technology.
7th & 8th Grade Robotics and Science Lab
Students in the 7th and 8th Grade Robotics Science Lab Elective will work together in student groups to design, create, and program various robots using the NXT programming platform to meet a wide variety of challenges. Each year, students in this class engage in in-class robotics tournaments such as the Ridgewood Sumo bot challenge, and work with their classmates to create and program their robots to meet the aspects of their challenge. Students also work with different platforms of technology, including the Google Apps for Education. Students also engage in a 20 hour code.org course that focuses on honing and developing their skills in programming.