Liberty STEM class learns programming by building sumobots

Liberty STEM class learns programming by building sumobots

In Dr. Brent Dragoo and Evan Hunt’s Middle School STEM course, students applied BASIC programming language to compete in a single elimination tournament with their newly created sumobots.

Dragoo said, “Building sumobots is students’ first robotically designed project that includes an important element of fun, as students learn how to program their sumobots then test them in a friendly class competition.”

STEM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, is a middle school elective course designed to introduce technology and scientific principles to a new generation of engineers.

Both Dragoo and Hunt, along with other faculty members, took Liberty’s Upper School Solar Car team to compete in the World Solar Car Challenge in Australia last October.

During the school year, middle school STEM students study remote control forms of transportation and move directly into robotics. The class also studies alternative energy sources and the physics behind new technologies.

The goal is to prepare students to excel in upper school chemistry, physics and engineering classes, as well as for a possible career in the field of science.

Vivian Nichols is communications specialist for Liberty Christian School.

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