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Metro Tech robotics club receives NASA grant


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  • Craig Pletenik/Phoenix Union High School District

The Metro Tech Robotics Club has received a NASA grant of $6000 enabling the first-year team to compete in  FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) regional competitions in the spring.   Math teacher and robotics coach Rodney King will take his team to the Utah Regional March 15-16 and the Arizona Regional in Chandler, March 21-23.

The new Robotics team at Metro Tech got a crash course in the design process from 29th Drive, alocal digital user design studio, December 4.

The students, in preparation for designing a competition robot for FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)  engaged in brainstorming, sketching, and digital presentations, under the direction of Kevin Goldman, design director and founder of 29th Drive.

The design challenge for student teams was to either design a robot, or tool that a robot could use, to  help someone in a nursing home or with a particular disability or design a tool that a robot could use that could help students engage in active learning (inside or outside of the classroom).