RCX, or Robo Challenge Xtreme, is a great way to approach STEM requirements in the classroom. RCX is a challenging, yet fun way for your students to expand their knowledge of math and science through a challenging robotics competition. RCX is a team activity designed to strengthen your student’s teamwork skills, communication skills, computer programming and problem solving skills.
Here is a quick video showing the skills of the kids from team SPARC from Calloway County KY.
By using LEGOs, students and adults find common grounds that bring the two age groups together. Students from elementary through high school may participate in one of 3 divisions. Students are given a box of LEGOs to build element pieces to place on a 4’x8’ mat. Coupled with the annual Challenge Rules and Missions, your students have to design, build, and program a robot to achieve the tasks. Robots are sold separately through LEGO Education. The RCX program is designed for students which are new to the program as well as those involved with RCX for several years. Your robot can use simple math commands to achieve these tasks, or more complex programming by using LEGO sensors.
What others are saying...
"I started participating in the Robo Challenge Xtreme tournament in the 4th grade and continued through the duration of my secondary education. The experience that I gained from the early years of the robotics program is what set me on a path to become an Engineer. Learning the skills of problem solving, programming, and teamwork at such an early age helped me grow these skills while also growing myself as a person. Looking back, I cannot think of any other career paths besides Engineering. Without my involvement in the robotics program I don’t think I would have found such an enjoyable and rewarding career."
“I’ve coached many different sports but this is by far the most rewarding coaching experience I’ve had. It is exciting to watch kids get so engaged and work towards a common team goal. A great STEM program.”
Many teachers and volunteers have said that the RCX Program is addictive. Once you get involved, both students and adults will challenge each other to do more.
Teams only compete against age appropriate opponents. The RCX tournament has three divisions.
1. Elementary (Up to Grade 5)
2. Middle School (Grades 6-8)
3. High School (Grades 9-12)
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We believe that robotics events such as the RCX- Robo Challenge Xtreme can have a meaningful impact on our youth's career choices and future. Introducing fun and exciting STEM enriched opportunites can motivate students to learn more and look at careers they otherwise may not have considered.
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