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 a free-form robotics project in 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.
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 Upper School, the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math teacher coaches a high-energy, after-school FTC club. Armed with inexhaustible enthusiasm and vast experience with FIRST, the teacher provides students with the in-depth mechanical engineering and C programming skills they need to compete.
For more on the value of teaching robotics in the K-12 curriculum, see this recent Edutopia article
. Let the Robotics games begin!