Robot Field Day: Technology in the Classroom
Technology in the classrooms at St. Albans is ever present. One of the teachers at the forefront is Lower School Science Teacher J.T. Miller. This fall, Miller introduced NXT Lego Robotics into his curriculum for Form A students.
NXT Lego Robotics allow students to begin exploring the foundations of computer programming. Using a simple drag and drop interface, the programming is basic, but it encourages students to think logically and linearly. This past semester students worked in pairs to program their NXT Lego Domabots to perform various tasks, such as moving in a figure eight or for a certain distance. Students wrote blogs about their processes and the obstacles they met along the way.
The program culminated with a field day of races for each Form A class. Miller plans to work with Form I and II math teachers in the future to expand the robotics curriculum outside the science classroom.
Check out the races from the robots’ field day in the video below.