The fourth “R” robotic challenge – A program for inspiring students and training teachers
Cal Poly Pomona College of Engineering hosted the annual fourth “R” robotic challenge on April 27th. Over 120 students from various elementary and middle schools participated in the event.
Robotics is rapidly becoming the fourth “R” of learning “reading, writing and arithmatic,” ingredients that our modern-day students must understand to succeed in a technology-driven world. The Fourth “R” program is the culmination of an extensive, six-year collaboration among engineering faculty, undergraduates, and K-12 teachers in robotics-based education to engage and inspire young learners. This is an in-class program in which engineering faculty and undergraduate engineering students visit each school. During their weekly visit, faculty members introduce topics through the Socratic Method, helping students learn through a "guided discovery" process.
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*Photos of Rincon Students Courtesy of Tom Zasadzinski, Cal Poly Pomona