Robotics for 2017 – 2018

Returning students will work on robotics projects.  Ideally this is a project the students propose and design independently.  If students have trouble selecting a project, we will work together to pick from a list of ideas.

New students will work through the Carnegie Mellon EV3 curriculum and robotics challenge tasks.  The challenge tasks build upon each other and teach how to use all EV3 sensors, motors, and basic programming techniques.  Each one is a simplified example of a real-world robot’s tasks and behaviors.  Ultimately, the curriculum is a means to the end of acquiring the skills and knowledge to move on to designing and building independent projects from the student’s imagination.

Mr. James will help with design suggestions to ensure students are proposing realistic yet challenging projects, breaking down a large ambitious project into more manageable pieces, and programming and construction problem solving.

Around February, we will shift focus as we design, build and program projects for the annual Robotics Extravaganza at Seattle Prep.

No remote controls.  All robots must be autonomous.  Students will check their phones in at 3:15 when Robotics begins.

We have one robot kit per two students. Students will work in teams of two.

There is a $250 program fee, with need-based scholarships available.  Talk to Sr. Pablo regarding scholarship opportunities.

New things returning students can try if there is interest:

  • Forming a team or two to enter contests such as the Google Moonbots competition
  • Arduino and Raspberry Pi robotics projects with sensors and motors
  • Loading alternate operating systems onto the Lego EV3 bricks for a different or more powerful programming experience
  • Field trips to visit the Living Computer Museum or local high school robotics teams
  • Creating robots which contribute to the students’ Science Fair projects


This is a program requiring a student application and demonstration of interest.  Students are expected to have personal goals and interests they want to pursue through robotics.  All students accepted to the program are expected to fully participate in building and programming robots.

As this program runs through early May, it conflicts with several other extracurricular activities.  It is not possible to fully participate in robotics and the musical.  The Robotics Extravaganza, a required event in May, often conflicts with track, lacrosse, and other spring sports events.

Program Application

The application should be completed by the student, not the parent or guardian.  Participants will be selected based on the application contents and not by the order in which applications are submitted.  Applications will remain open until September 19.  After students are selected, they will receive a registration form to complete payment of the program fee and a permission slip.  Meetings will begin in October and will be Wednesday afternoons from 3:15 – 5:00 PM through May.

Applications are currently closed.  Applicants will be notified of their application status by September 25 and the first robotics meeting will be Wednesday October 4.