Putting into practice Nueva’s motto to “Learn by Doing, Learn by Caring,” the SharkBytes, the middle school robotics team, earned the Motivate Award at the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) for demonstrating cooperation during competition this past November.
The FIRST Tech Challenge allows students in grades 7–12 to build, program, and operate robots, competing in a head-to-head challenge to retrieve a relic. Guided by coaches and mentors, the students participating in FTC develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and sharing ideas. Nueva students were praised for their kindness and willingness to help other teams that had issues with their robots, as well as their cohesion and ability to work together, demonstrating the FTC core values.
“I am so proud of this team for coming together,” said Chris Braun, shop manager, I-Lab engineer, and robotics coach. “They’re so supportive of one another, and they really came together to fix the robot when it had a problem, and maintain enthusiasm through the competition. It’s really great to see their teamwork, especially as a rookie team.”
This is the first year for the middle school robotics program at Nueva, where 15 seventh- and eighth-grade students have been eagerly hosting bake sales to raise money for the team and to show fellow students how much fun it is to “play with robots.”
“The robotics program is great for kids who love programming and team spirit,” said Chris. “It’s a platform to learn and be able to talk about their successes and failures.”
The SharkBytes will compete in their next tournament on Saturday, January 13, at Wilcox High School in Santa Clara.
By Louise Schultze, Editor/Writer
January 10, 2018