Hello, good people.
This year, my friend and I planning to make a robotics club. However, school may not approve robotics club, because our school started robotics class. Our school teachers thought that robotics class substitute robotics club and club is unnecessary.
I need to convince my teachers to get approve on robotics club.
Do you have some suggestions about some curriculum or activities of robotics club in order to differentiate from class?
I’m high school senior, and I will have meeting at everyday afterschool. In the class, we basically just build a robot by students. Our teacher is new to the vex robotics, so he is not knowing well on vex robotics.
What grade level? How often is the robotics class meeting during the school year? What do they plan to cover in class?
I would have the club focused on competitive robotics, think of the club more like a sports. Like a sport the fundamentals are usually covered in class at some point, but extra-curricular sports is about excelling/perfecting your abilities outside the classroom.
Good luck! I am interested how this develops. I teach middle school and we will be doing a robotics class for 7th grade and still keep club as well.
I’m high school senior, and I will have meeting at everyday afterschool. In the class, we basically just build a robot. I think the class does not teach new thing, but it just gives one period class. Our teacher is new to the vex robotics, so he is not knowing well on vex robotics.
I agree with @lacsap, a club should be just competition based.
Sounds like no one wants to put in the extra hours. If your robotics teacher isn’t willing to stay after school to give you time in the lab then there’s nothing you can really do. I’m not trashing your teacher, they have families and obligations and just night not have the time.
Why aren’t you just taking the class? Are you just involved with other electives?
Maybe you can introduce them to another teacher, even from a different school, to help them get on the competition track. It is a big thing to just into.
How experienced are you? Are there other kids that are experienced?
I have experienced VEX two years, and I think I’m in intermediate level. I think I can teach 9th, 10th and 11th grade kids.
I’m taking the class, but there are two reasons I’m willing to make a robotics club. First, I want to help other students more engaged in vex robotics. Our robotics teacher are not good and students mostly led the class. In this situation, I want to help students to face the difficulty better. Second but shamefully, college application. I need extra curricular activity for college application and robotics club fits best.
Not shameful at all. Colleges are looking for well rounded students who have interests outside the classroom. Moreover, leadership qualities you are exhibiting by exploring how to bring a club to life is a great trait in itself. I would focus less on the robotics teacher and see if you can get another adult from your school to act as the club advisor - the best advisors are ones who don’t touch your robot and are genuinely delighted by your successes. RECF competition rules make it mandatory that an adult representative (over 18 and not a HS student) be on site at all events. So find someone who will be there for you guys.