Robotics Thrives at JMMS
The robotics program at Joan MacQueen Middle School leads students through the engineering design process as they design, build, test, modify and program robots to achieve specific tasks. Students apply math and science concepts, practice critical thinking and engage in research as they work to solve problems based on real-world situations.
In November 2016, six JMMS robotics teams participated in a local FIRST Lego League qualifying competition and one team advanced to the regional championship held at Legoland in Carlsbad. In the coming years, JMMS plans to increase the number of students enrolled in the robotics program and to expand the scope of the robotics curriculum. Joan MacQueen is actively pursuing funding and grants to support teacher training, curriculum development, and the purchase of needed technology.
Robotics teacher, Karen Casey, works with JMMS principal, Theresa Meyerott, as founding members of the newly formed “National STEM/Robotics Educators Consortium.” This group, which includes members from SPAWAR, Mississippi Robotics, and educators from across the nation, meets monthly to brainstorm how to best integrate STEM/STEAM and robotics learning in the math and science curriculum.
The JMMS robotics web site is located at caseybotics.com.