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Beak Squad Robotics - UE 4-6

Grade Levels: Gr 5-6 - Competitive teams (Fall)
Gr 4-6 - Non-competitive team (Spring)
Purpose: Upper E Beak Squad Robotics strives to provide our students with tangible, innovative, and unique opportunities to support their interests and develop their skills. Students will work with VEX IQ Robotics to address real-world problems, utilize the Engineering Design Process to build a robot from scratch, and compete locally.  Competitions are for Gr 5-6 team(s). 
Months: Late August - December/January: Gr 5-6 competition season
Late January - Late April: Gr 4-6 non-competitive season
January - May(tentative): Gr 5-6 competition advancement if qualify
June - July: Gr 4-6 Summer Camps
Practice Schedule:

Practice Calendar
2022-2023

Competition Team (Gr 5-6): Tuesdays and Thursdays - 3:15- 4:45 p.m. + one Saturday 10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. monthly; meeting times may be extended close to competition date.
Open practice on last Thursday of the month 3:15-4:45 p.m. for Gr 5-6 non-current Beak Squad team members.

  • Additional practice dates may be required to prepare for competitions.
  • All robotics team members should bring their own water bottle to practices. No other drink besides water.
  • If you MUST miss a practice, notify Ms. Hardy. Multiple absences may jeopardize your ability to attend competition even if they are prearranged and excused.

Non-competitive team (Gr 4-6): Mondays - 3:15-4:15 p.m.

  • All robotics team members should bring their own water bottle to practices. No other drink besides water.
Practice Location: Founders' Campus  W120 Media Center
Competition Team (Gr 5-6) 
Schedule:
Students compete in the local qualifying tournament (date: TBA late November - early January)
Additional competitions dependent on team success will be announced.
Cost: Competition Team (Gr 5-6): $325 (covers team(s) registration and competition fees, weekly practice snacks, Saturday snack, supplies, T-Shirt, personalized 3D printed locker tags, food for competition day(s), and end of year celebration party)
Non-competitive team (Gr 4-6):  $175 (covers supplies, T-Shirts, personalized 3D printed backpack tags, and end of year celebration party)
Anticipated # of Students: Competition Team (Gr 5-6): Up to 16 students divided between 2 mixed grade teams
Non-competitive team (Gr 4-6):  Up to 20
Expected Parent Involvement:
  • Pick up students at ending time at UE entrance or students will be sent to After School Care and a fee will be charged.
  • 2 volunteers needed for safety and supervision at Gr 5-6 competitions.
  • Parent mentors welcome!  Please email sponsor for more information.
Notes:
  • Watch this video to find out more about Vex IQ 
  • While we have high expectations for behavior, teamwork, and dedication, team practices will be fun, engaging, and productive.
  • Upper E Beak Squad Robotics is not well suited to students seeking free build or makerspace type activities.
Coach Info: Rebeca.Hardy@chca-oh.org - Gr 4-6 Robotics Coordinator and Lead Coach
Caroline.OConnor@chca-oh.org - Coach
How Do You Register:

This process has been intentionally developed to allow students and parents a realistic glimpse of UE robotics. We encourage interested students to follow the process for their grade level described below. Pay special attention to deadlines. By the conclusion two weeks' of practices, we hope students and parents understand the time commitment, overall expectations, and mindset of Upper E Beak Squad Robotics.

Competition Team (Gr 5-6) Registration is a three-step process:

  1. Student submits paper application to Ms. Hardy and attends the first 4 practices
  2. Ms. Hardy emails session password to recommend team members
  3. Gr 5-6 Competitive Online Registration using session password

Competition Team (Gr 5-6) Open Practice Registration: Sign-Up Genius

Non-competitive team (Gr 4-6) Registration is one-step:  Gr 4-6 Non-Competitive Online Registration

Competition Team (Gr 5-6) Important Dates:

08/22/22 - Applications available for interested students from Ms. Hardy
08/29/22 - Student applications due to Ms. Hardy
08/30/22 - 3:15-4:45 p.m. Observation Period 1/4 (must have submitted application)
09/09/22 @ 8:00 p.m. - Registration opens (session password emailed to parents)
09/12/22 @ 11:59 p.m. - Registration closes; unregistered students will be taken to After School Care and a fee will be charged
09/13/22- 3:15-4:45 p.m. - Regular Practices begin
05/10/23 - 3:15-4:15 p.m. Gr 4-6 End of Season Party

Non-competitive team (Gr 4-6) Important Dates:

01/09/23 - Information available for interested students from Ms. Hardy and Registration Opens
01/20/23 @ 11:59 p.m. - Registration closes
01/23/23 - 3:15-4:15 p.m. - Regular Practices begin; unregistered students will be taken to After School Care and a fee will be charged
04/24/23 - Last Practice
05/10/23 - 3:15-4:15 p.m. Gr 4-6 End of Season Party

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