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Jun 08, 2017

Point Road School Second Graders Compete in Wonder League Robotics Competition

By Gena Ansell-Lande

Exciting things are happening in the second grade at Point Road Elementary. Students were organized into teams to work together during their time in STEM class, competing against 5,000 other teams worldwide in the Wonder League Robotics Competition. The organizer of the worldwide competition, June Lin, said, “Wonder League is a worldwide community of clubs inspiring the creators of tomorrow through robotics and coding. Every year, clubs participate in the competition, where they design solutions to real-world science and technology challenges. Children develop problem solving and creativity skills, learn about issues facing the world around them, and build meaningful relationships with their peers.”

Students at Point Road used the Dash Robot along with the Wonder App to complete five assigned missions. These missions required students to program Dash to perform various tasks on a coordinate grid. Some of these missions included pushing objects into different grid locations, avoiding obstacles, and even hitting ping-pong balls off Solo cups. By the end of the competition, five of the Point Road teams ended up tied for first place in the state and received a perfect score on their submission. These teams were invited to participate in an extra “Perfect Score Mission,” in which they compete with other teams to win more Dash robots for their STEM classroom. Three of the teams were able to complete the mission successfully.

School clerk Lauren DeRosa stated, “The students really enjoyed the experience and are already talking about participating in the competition again next year!”