Santa Monica students gain 21st Century tech skills as SMMUSD‚
first-ever robotics team launches
This fall, a team of SMMUSD student robotics enthusiasts will put their engineering skills to the test as they compete for a spot in the worldwide FIRST Tech Challenge championship.
The newly formed “RoboVikings” team, which began meeting weekly this fall at John Adams Middle School (JAMS), will be the district’s firstever group to enter the worldwide robotics competition.
“This is big step for our school in introducing innovative engagement opportunities in STEM related content areas,” JAMS Principal Steven Richardson said. “Beyond the alignment to 21st century skills, this pilot program will expose our students to the iterative engineering design cycle. Inherent in this process is the notion of learning from failure. This is an invaluable lesson to learn at this age and can be applied to all parts of our lives.”