Approximately 20 fifth-graders in the Gardiners Avenue School Robotics Club started their morning by collaborating, building and coding robots on Dec. 11. With the guidance of club adviser John Bencivenga, students meet every Tuesday morning in the school library for 10 sessions. Due to the club's high demand, the Robotics Club will host another 10 sessions for about 20 more fifth-graders during the school year.
During the club, the fifth-graders work in small groups on the Lego Mindstorms kit to build and code their own robotic creatures, vehicles and machines. The club strengthens students team-working abilities and critical thinking skills as they follow instructions together and learn to program their robots to move and complete various tasks. Gardiners Avenue School also hosts a Robotics Club for third- and fourth-graders which tackles similar concepts with a different Lego Robotics kit, fit for their grade level.
This is the second year that the fifth-grade club has work
ed with the Lego Mindstorm kits and the students have enjoyed the challenges.
"I think my favorite part about the club is being able to code the robot and actually be able to see what we have accomplished when we work together," said fifth-grader Sabrina Logozzo.