On May 20, the College of Education & Integrative Studies hosted the exciting Robot Expo, the annual culminating event of the School Robotics Initiative, an outreach and teacher professional development program. Close to 200 elementary and middle school students from the Pomona and Walnut Valley Unified school districts competed for medals and bragging rights. Months of student learning and practice culminate with this chance for students to demonstrate building, programming, and most importantly, mathematical skills. Through participation in this fun, engaging, and challenging initiative, now in its eighth year, students discover the relevance of math and engage with key math concepts such as fractions, decimals, proportions, and linear equations. The robotics challenges require student ingenuity, collaboration, perseverance, and align effortlessly with the Common Core State Standards in mathematics.
To read more about this event and to see pictures taken by Walt Mancini from the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, please visit Richard Irwin's article on the event.