• GVMS Robotics Club

    Who:               The club is open to all GVMS students – boys and girls, 6th through 8th grades.  However, realize that there is a true time commitment to this club, and if you are participating in sports or other activities, you will not have time to participate in the robotics club. There will be a limit of 40 students participating in the Robotics Club, split evenly across all 3 grades. The participation fee for the Robotics Club will be $125 per student per year.

    What:              We will be discussing and working with VEX competitive robots (http://www.vexrobotics.com/), computers, programming, and other areas of technology.  We are comprised of 10 robotics teams with 4 students per team.  This allows each student to be an active participant in the development and ultimate success of their team.  We are hosting three competitions for the 2019-2020 competition year, and my goal is to have 70% of our teams qualify for the PA State Championships in March.

    Where:             GVMS Room 136

    When:              Every Tuesday and Thursday, from 2:30 until 4:00.  Days may be added and hours may be extended when we enter competition season.  Please pick your student up promptly.  Attendance will be taken at each meeting, and any student who misses an excessive number of meetings (three total per month) will be asked to leave the team.  Students are expected to attend all competitive robotics events.  Events take place on Saturdays, with our events currently scheduled for 12/14-15/2019, 1/11/2020, and 2/8/2020.  PA State Championships are on Saturday, February 29th 2020 at Norristown Area HS.

    How:                How can you help?  If your student is interested in robotics, engineering, computers, or any other related field, encourage them to be productive participants in the club.  If you work in or have any experience in a technological field that includes programming or robotics, and would like to help out with the club from time to time, contact Pete Ruckelshaus at pruckelshaus@gvsd.org

    Why:                Our goal is to develop students’ enthusiasm for skills in technological areas, help them gain experience that will guide them in determining a path through high school and beyond, and finally to help them build universal skills such as communication, teamwork, time management, decision making, and problem solving.