The North East ISD Robotics Showcase started with five schools who came together at Eisenhower Middle School. Ten years later, robotics programs exist in all of the District's 46 elementary schools, and nearly all of them filled the Blossom Athletic Center for this year's showcase on May 13.
“The Robotics Showcase is meant for the kids to demonstrate their talents as far as programming and adjusting on the fly,” said James Baldoni, Director of Instructional Technology Services. Every school brings a different obstacle board, so the teams rotate in session and attempt to navigate their robot throughout the course. “It’s really the excitement of the students that they bring to the event. They come and they are enthusiastic and they want to show that they can accomplish all the different challenges.”
Instructional Technology Specialist dedicated hours of their time to work on this event every year, and they refine it every year. The big change for the tenth annual event was hosting it at Blossom. The facility allows more play space, makes logistics easier and gives parents a great view of the competition from the stands.
One of the greatest components that the showcase presents to students is the opportunity to interact from other students throughout the District. As these students excel in robotics, they will likely spark lifelong friends thanks to great events like the Robotics Showcase.
Posted on 05/15/2017