The robots are returning for battle at the Fairplex.
Students from six local schools have spent time building and programming robots in their classrooms all year in preparation. They will put their creations to the test Tuesday, May 13, in the College of Education & Integrative Studies’ annual Robot Expo at the Fairplex in Pomona.
The students must put the robots through challenges that require using mathematics to program the machines to execute precise turns and aggressive and evasive maneuvers. They must also run the robots over certain distances and speeds.
The event, which will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in Expo Hall 6, is designed to engage students with math required by the Common Core standards. The goal is to help them see the relevance of mathematics and promote their success in higher mathematics, which is essential for college and technical careers. The curriculum also challenges them in science, literacy, writing and technology.
In keeping with that theme, Gabriel Rangel from the IT Chief Technology Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory will speak to the students about how the toys and gadgets of today are the tools of tomorrow.
Participating in the Robot Expo are Kingsley and Montvue elementary schools and Emerson Middle School from Pomona Unified School District; and Collegewood and Evergreen elementary schools, and Suzanne Middle School from the Walnut Valley Unified School District.
The Robot Expo is unique in its additional focus on teacher training. Faculty from Cal Poly Pomona helped train the school teachers, who, in turn, trained their peers, and incorporated what they learned in classroom instruction.