The Middle School robotics program serves as an introduction to robotics in general and to the robotics and engineering program in our Upper School. The courses are designed to meet the needs of those students with no robotics experience while also providing learning experiences for those already familiar with building and/or programming (in any language). Two one-semester length courses are offered, one for Seventh-Graders (LEGO Robotics) and one for Eighth-Graders (VEX Robotics).

LEGO Robotics

During this Fall semester elective course, Seventh Grade students learn how to construct and program an autonomous robot using LEGO Mindstorms EV3 hardware and software. Building strategies, basic programming skills, and teamwork are stressed. Connections are drawn between robotics and basic math and science principles as part of the learning process. A major goal of the course is participation in at least two FLL (FIRST LEGO League) Robotics competitions; students will attend both a practice tournament and a qualifying tournament during the course of the semester.

VEX Robotics

This Spring semester elective course gives Eighth-Graders the opportunity to build on what they learned in LEGO Robotics as a Seventh-Grader, or to start a new experience in robotics. This is a PLTW (Project Lead the Way) course, using those course materials. Basic line-by-line programming is introduced in this course using RobotC (a version of the C programming language). Engineering Design principles are also introduced as the students design and program their own mechanisms and robots.  
Windward School is a 7-12, co-educational, independent day school in Los Angeles, California.