The Center for Afterschool, Summer and Enrichment for Kids, or CASE for Kids, a division of Harris County Department of Education, is pleased to announce two All-Earth Ecobot Challenge STEM projects this school year for afterschool programs! As part of their quality framework, they strongly believe afterschool programs should create diverse learning opportunities for youth. Students should experience a variety of activities to learn, explore, and develop new skills.
Both Ecobot projects are hands-on, project-based learning that culminate with a special event. Students work in teams to learn basic concepts in robotics and prepare their robots for the final culminating event. During the culminating event, student teams will demonstrate their knowledge by competing in a robotics competition with other local afterschool programs.
Elementary School Level Competition
In the elementary school level competition, students will create robots using the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 Core Set. The innovative engineering competition engages fourth and fifth grade students in complex problem-solving, while developing critical thinking skills and elevating their confidence in formulating solutions to real-world missions. This year’s theme is Space: The Final Frontier. Reveal Day is scheduled for Saturday, December 8, 2018 at Harris County Department of Education located at 6300 Irvington, Houston, TX 77022. Registration will open on Monday, October 15, 2018.
Middle School Level Competition
In the middle school level competition, students sixth through eighth grade will design, test and fly drones through multiple simulations. To earn success, teams must work together in a collaborative manner to create solutions for various design and flight challenges. This year’s theme is DJ & Drones. Reveal Day is scheduled for Thursday, November 8, 2018. Currently, this competition is by special invitation only. However, please email the CASE team your contact information to receive additional information.
Winners of these challenges will be recognized at the respective competitions will also be invited to receive additional monetary awards at Energy Day Houston on October 19, 2019.