The Clayton State Robotics Bowl aims to provide undergraduate students the opportunity to apply knowledge from their STEM courses to design, build, and program a robot to perform tasks often analogous to those found in the automated workplace.
Students at Clayton State will also have a chance to assist and engage students in local K-12 schools and/or after-school programs.
The CSU Robotics Bowl aims to:
- Provide the students of Clayton State University the opportunity to apply the knowledge imparted by their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) courses to design, build, and program a robot to perform tasks often analogous to those found in the automated workplace;
- Provide the students of Clayton State University the opportunity to assist, and engage students, in programs currently found in area K-12 schools and/or after-school programs (or develop programs which currently do not exist but are in demand);
The CSU Robotics Bowl was started in the fall of 2012 by Scott Bailey and Jarrett Terry. In any given academic year, different robotic systems may be utilized. In its beginning phase, students currently work with LEGO Mindstorm Robots. In the near future, students may use other robotic systems such as VEX or Tetrix. Students may also choose to design customized parts for their robots via our MakerBot 3D printer.
FIRST LEGO League
Each year, Clayton State University serves as a host site for the FIRST LEGO League Super-Regional competition. FIRST LEGO League is a competition that brings teams from schools around the nation together to solve a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc. with a solution. They also must design, build, program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology, then compete on a table-top playing field.
Robotics Community Partnership
Dr. Tonya Clarke (Georgia Master Teacher, Coordinator of K-12 Mathematics for Clayton County Public Schools) received a Verizon Innovative Learning Grant several years ago to bring after-school robotics programs to six Clayton County middle schools: Jonesboro, Kendrick, Lovejoy, MD Roberts, North Clayton, and Rex Mill. The 2015 CSU Robotics Bowl served as a nice introduction to the annual FIRST LEGO League competition held each fall, bringing the participants together in the spirit of "Coopertition" and "Gracious Professionalism," two of the fundamental core values of every FLL competition.
Eric Stallings, the general manager for the Chick-fil-A at the Forest Park Dwarf House, is committed to provide added exposure to local STEM/Robotics programs. He has worked with Clayton State University, in particular, on several community engagement activities, including hosting the 2015 CSU Robotics Bowl at his restaurant, kicking off the Cows & Computers summer enrichment opportunity for local area students.
Dr. Tonya Clarke, Clayton County Public Schools (including teachers, students, and parents), and Mr. Eric Stallings are recognized for their commitment to such an incredibly important initiative.
Learn more about the First Lego League and other community initiatives featuring robotics.