Video series shines spotlight on Murrieta Valley High School’s Robotics Club, winner of the 2012 VEX Robotics World Championships, where STEM education, college preparation, and job training mixes with the spirit of competition, the whirring of electric motors, and even an oversized tank robot armed with a Nerf cannon
RIVERSIDE – The Riverside County Office of Education (RCOE) has released a new video chronicling the achievements of the Murrieta Valley High School Robotics Club, winner of the 2012 VEX Robotics Championships, and who most recently sent two of its members to China to demonstrate their high tech skills. (Watch It’s My School)
It’s My School – Murrieta Valley High School Robotics Club was filmed in the Murrieta Valley Unified School District and captured a program that blends STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education, college preparation, and high tech job training with traditional high school competitiveness in a club that has gained international recognition.
“I see it as no different than our football program, where students come to play sports,” said Principal Eric Mooney. “We have a lot of kids come to be part of the robotics program.”
The club started in 2007 with six students, and has grown to 45 students who now comprise three separate competitive teams, said teacher Kevin Bradley, who has guided the club and robotics classes at Murrieta Valley since the start.
“This is a perfect example of a class that can transfer over to the workforce or college,” Bradley said. “Many of my students go on to some pretty prestigious engineering universities.”
After winning the VEX Robotics World Championships in 2012, competing against the best robotics teams in the world, Mr. Bradley and two students were invited to China to demonstrate their robotics skills by a representative of a well-known robotics corporation.
Nancy McIntire with the Robotics Competition Education Foundation, said building robots blends science, technology, engineering and math skills, and competitions build team work and encourage problem solving.
Building small robots that scurry across the floor, scoop up balls and toss them at targets at these competitions is no small feat, she said, and can lead to bigger and better things.
“These are the generations of students who are going to go up on the Space-X rocket,” she said. “These are the students who are going to be the next ones to actually go to Mars besides just sending the Rovers out there. They’re going to be the group that has the knowledge and know-how to be able to do that successfully.”
It’s My School is a video series produced by RCOE that provides an inside look at the extraordinary people and programs of Riverside County schools—home to more than 430,000 students and 18,000 dedicated teaching professionals. It’s My School episodes are available on demand at www.rcoe.us/its-my-school and on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/rcoetv1.