Robotics » Robotics


      Students in David A. Boody’s robotics magnet are engaged in learning the basic robot design, construction and programming. While examining the mechanical structure, motors, power levels and sensors of their robotics using EV3 LEGOMINDSTORM software and pieces, these young individuals learn engineering and math concepts ranging from physics, design, mechanics and environmental science.
      Robotic magnet students’ develop their own ideas and experiment with programming as their proficiency increases. In addition, students not only gain skills in engineering but they utilize their logical reasoning and work with classmates to solve real world problems through research and implementation of FIRST Core Values.
      With FIRST Core Values students generate an understanding that they are stronger when they work together and build off each other’s strengths and weaknesses. They learn to respect each other and embrace their differences. Finally, with the exploration of new skills and ideas they use creativity and persistence to solve problems in order to apply what they learned to improve our world.

Mark Twain D21 Testing


The test is 50 questions long, all multiple choice. Answers are recorded on a Scantron Form so please bring in #2 (or HB) pencils and good quality erasers.


Here are some of the specific types of questions we are incorporating into the test:

  • Reading Comprehension of a technical nature
  • Multi-step problem solving
  • Sequences & Patterns
  • Puzzles
  • Analysis of Charts and Graphs
  • Critical Thinking
  • Attention to minute details
  • Logical thinking (AND, OR, IF THEN, etc.)
  • Sequential thinking
  • Concept Maps / Outlines / Flowcharts
  • Engineering Design Process
  • Empirical questions (experiment vs. experience/observation)
  • Simulations/system modeling
  • Scientific theory
  • Comfort level with the internet and technology
  • Ability to see and think in 2D and 3D
  • Inherent ability to approximate/estimate
  • Basic online research skills
  • Basic arithmetic, geometry and early (they are in grade 5) algebra skills
  • Basic computer application skills
  • Awareness of social problems relating to technology
  • Comfort with the use of symbols