As educators, we use robotics to teach the practical application of mathematics, physics, computer science, and engineering. Robots are great teachers because they give immediate feedback. In addition to promoting logical thinking, mathematical and problem-solving skills, robotics encourage creativity and teamwork. Our projects are designed to be open-ended so girls have to use their imaginations, take risks, and work together in teams.
Beginning in 4th grade, Westridge girls enjoy the hands-on experience of designing, constructing, and programming their own robots. Students work primarily with Lego Mindstorm Robotics kits and specialized 3D printed robot parts. The culminating unit in 6th grade is a math-science-technology interdisciplinary robotics unit.
Students continue to explore this field throughout their career at Westridge. In Upper School, they have a chance to compete in national robotics competitions, working in depth with VEX Robotics Kits, Arduino Circuit Boards, and 3D printed parts.