McLean’s robotics and coding program spans the K-12 continuum, providing students 21st century skills of technology, teamwork and creativity. In every grade, robotics activities fire up students’ natural interest in high-value STEM content, while providing opportunities to work collaboratively, solve open-ended problems, and refine critical thinking and organization skills. Authentic robotics challenges engage real life, interdisciplinary thinking across the curriculum. Whether it’s building a moving alligator with Lego WeDo in Lower School, a just-in-time delivery system with Lego Mindstorms EV3 robots in Middle School or an autonomous, fire fighting robot in the Upper School, the possibilities are as limitless as our students' imaginations.
McLean students may also participate in nationally-recognized competitions. Students design and build robots using sound engineering and programming principles. Students of all ability levels are encouraged to join and to develop their understanding of robotics through hands-on instruction and continued application. Teams are also recognized for achievements in sportsmanship, community outreach, design and other real-world accomplishments.
Robotics by grade:
- In kindergarten through grade 3, the McLean Technology curriculum incorporates the Lego WeDo robotics program.
- In Grades 4-6, McLean students have the option to study Lego Mindstorms EV3 robotics as an after school offering.
- In Grades 7 and 8, McLean offers a Robotics elective to provide in-depth practice and training in the Lego Mindstorms EV3 robotics skills.
- In Grades 9-12, the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math teacher coaches a high-energy, after-school FTC club. Students receive guidance in in-depth mechanical engineering and Java programming skills needed to compete in the International Trinity Fire Fighting Contest at Trinity College. Students design and build an origonal robot (circuits, wiring, soldering, and Java programing, using a Raspberry Pi single-board computer.
For more on the value of teaching robotics in the K-12 curriculum, see this recent Edutopia article
. Let the Robotics games begin!