Two students at the Robot Expo position their entries before the competition begins.
There's nothing quite like doing your math homework while you're preparing to knock your opponent's robotic sumo wrestler into oblivion. About 200 students from the Pomona and Walnut Valley school districts participated this spring in the annual Robot Expo, sponsored by Cal Poly Pomona's College of Education & Integrative Studies.
The School Robotics Initiative program collaborates with teachers to promote classroom learning in the STEM areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Students develop Common Core abilities via robotics design, construction and programming -- and last-minute tweaks and adjustments when the fun starts at the competition.
The events included sumo competition, as well as programming bots to execute precise turns and evasive maneuvers. Though the victors claimed the spoils and the bragging rights, even the vanquished ended up winners by conquering algebraic and quantitative reasoning challenges.