QVHS students recently took part in the Sea, Air, and Land Competition. It's described as a showcase of creativity in robotics and problem solving. The competition brought students from all over western Pennsylvania and the Greater Pittsburgh Area and saw students competing in one or more of three areas: Sea, Air, or Land. Students created robots before the competition. They were required to follow a list of rules with the goal of completing specific tasks.
Students were graded based on the organization of their planning, the criteria of the competition, the quality of their prototype, durability, a $500 cost limit, and the innovation of the product. Students were tested on their knowledge of robotics, but the competition truly tested the critical thinking of students in group work, and in problem solving to amend their robot to fit the standards of the course. Teams were encouraged to provide insight into their thinking in each of their pitches before the first and second runs of the course. After the first run, students had time to adjust their thinking and rework their robots to fit the needs of the course. The robots and products were on display in "The Sea, Air, Land Open House" on May 25, 2017 in the Quaker Valley High School gym. This event was part of Remake Learning Days.
Students from QVMS, Edgeworth and Osborne Elementary Schools had the opportunity to visit the high school and watch the Sea, Land and Air demonstrations.
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