To no one’s surprise, it was probably the closest to a flawless ribbon cutting ever held by a Chamber member. But when it’s a robot wielding the scissors, what would you expect? The June event was designed to highlight CyberKids Robotics, a non-profit organization specializing in robotics education programs for students in schools across North Carolina, as well as South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia.
CyberKids Robotics has programs in several Burke County schools and is hoping to expand into others. As students learn robotics, they are also preparing to compete with other schools in contests that can lead all the way to the State Robotics Championship in NC.
- The CyberDroids program teaches students in grades four through twelve how to program a “humanoid” robot to do everyday human tasks.
- The newest CyberKids Robotics program, CyberDrones!, introduces students in grades six through twelve to the world of “flying robots”. Students learn about navigation, GPS technology, common aerodynamic concepts and autopilot technology. At the end of the program, students will compete in a “drone robot” competition.
- CyberKids Robotics is now also offering an Advanced FTC Robotics Program for middle and high school students. Students use CAD software to design a robot from “scratch”. Once their robot is designed, each robotics team will build and program the robot to solve a series of challenges against other robots.The company’s new theme for the 2014 – 2015 school year is “World Class Education.” Students will be researching how technology and robotics can help improve education all over the world. Now is the perfect time to get your robotics team created and working toward competing in next year’s State Robotics Championship. For more information, call Bill Kent at (828) 292-2393 or visit www.cyberkidsrobotics.com.