In the robotics class at James Rumsey Technical Institute, our mission is striving to improve our understanding of engineering design and to obtain the skills necessary to succeed in today's workplace. The robotics class is a two-year program available to all 11th and 12th graders in Berkeley, Jefferson, and Morgan counties. This class operates as a simulated workplace and includes skills useful for college and essential in the work field. We focus on engineering and design skills to obtain certifications like Microsoft, OSHA 10, and FANUC, which benefit us in the future.
In this program, students collaborate with their corresponding grade to learn how to work as a team to develop real world solutions to engineering problems in the classroom. Students learn how to design, build, and code robots to perform tasks and compete in VEX competitions.
The robotics class completes projects on robots like VEX and FANUC, and also works with electronics and 3D printing/modeling. New this year to the program is the FANUC industrial robot. Gaining skills in industrial robotics will give students skills to carry straight to the workforce if they desire. In March, we will take a field trip to a local industrial facility and elementary school to observe robotics in action as well as share our knowledge with other students.
In the school year of 2019/2020, sUAS Programs (small unmanned aircraft systems) including FAA part 107 licensing, and is expanding to two full classes! This class is different from any other offered in most public schools.
“This classroom benefits me because it is a more focused course where I can learn more about the career I'm interested in.”- Raul (Year 2 student.) The James Rumsey robotics course also gets involved in community service, such as public yard sales and going in to complete engineering activities with students at elementary schools.
Along with the two-year-high school program, there is an after school VEX Robotics program available to elementary, middle, and high schoolers. This program is called the Tri-County Robotics Team. In this program, students learn more about the building and coding that goes into making the robots operate. The after school program involves students from elementary through high school competing in four different robotics programs: FIRST Lego League Jr., FIRST Lego League, VEX IQ and VEX. The organization’s history has been competing in the VEX robotics competition for 6 years, all 6 years the team qualified at the state level. In 2014, our team represented WV at the World competitions, which was held in Anaheim, CA. This year, our FLL Jr. team has been invited to the FLL Jr World Festival Expo at the FIRST World Championship.