Robotics at Blake calls upon students to develop a variety of problem-solving skills. In addition to learning about building robots and coding, students take on leadership opportunities, collaborate as a team on multi-faceted tasks, build research skills and explore creative solutions to problems.
Challenging Minds: Middle School Robotics
The Middle School robotics team annually participates in the FIRST LEGO League (FLL). Team members build LEGO EV3 robots and program them using LEGO Mindstorms software to complete "mission challenges." They also research, devise and present to the judges a solution related to the FLL yearly theme. (Recent themes have included natural disasters, trash, animals and water.) Blake faculty lead the team with support from Upper School student mentors.
Expanding Horizons: Upper School Robotics
Blake's Upper School robotics team, Bearbotics, annually participates in the FIRST Robotics international competition, where teams have six weeks to create a robot that can complete the assigned task. Past challenges have included making a robot climb a rope, launch dodge balls, stack storage totes, cross medieval castle defenses and play basketball, soccer and ultimate Frisbee.
Bearbotics, which is sponsored by Medtronic and Dunwoody College, also competes each year in the 10,000 Lakes regional robotics tournament at the University of Minnesota. Led by a Blake faculty coach, team members work with professional engineers and scientists who serve as team mentors.