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200 PUSD middle school students
participated in the Robo Rally 2015:
"Race to the Core!"

The Pasadena Educational Foundation, in partnership with the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD), supports middle school robotics education programs. The Robotics courses teach students how to build and program Robotic systems that incorporate sensors and motors to accomplish a variety of complex tasks. By engaging in exciting hands-on applications, students practice and reinforce key concepts in engineering, computer programming, and mathematics, all the while strengthening problem-solving skills.

Robo Rally 2015 "Race to the Core!"

Superintendent Brian McDonald presents
the 2015 Robo Rally trophy to
Mr. Dev, Logan Terry, and Shanthi Robinson
the winning team The eLEMONaters
from Sierra Madre Middle School.

On Friday, April 24 more than 200 middle school students from across the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) gathered at Pasadena High School to showcase their robotic skills at this year's Robo Rally "Race to the Core!" sponsored by the Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF). The students competed to "Race to the Core!" of the galaxy with their autonomous robotic spaceships, while avoiding the asteroid belts blocking their path. This event is designed to be exciting and challenging for students, but also fun and entertaining for spectators. There was a 15'x20' jumbotron projecting an aerial view of the 24' spiral galaxy course as robots raced on it.

Robotics classes in PUSD middle schools is a program supported by the Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF). Robotics classes are offered at most middle schools in the PUSD. Robotics classes are taught by PUSD math or science teachers that go through special robotics training supported by the PEF.

KABC TV Channel 7 came out to Robo Rally. Watch the Video!

Robo Rally 2014

Watch as the teams from Eliot and Sierra Madre take home the top prizes in the final heat of the 2014 PEF Robotics Competition, Robo Rally! At Robo Rally robots, programmed by student teams, compete to be the fastest across a course containing obstacles and open straight-aways, in a series of no-holds-barred head-to-head races with up to 8 robots at a time!

Approximately 200 Pasadena Unified School District middle school robotics students gathered in the Pasadena High School Gym on May 20, 2014 to compete in Robo Rally, a district-wide PEF sponsored robotics competition. Congratulations to all for a great competition.

The robots used in class are the LEGO Mindstorms NXT robot, and the programming languages taught is either RobotC or NXT-G, depending on the school. Robotics classes are offered at most middle schools in the PUSD. Classes are taught by PUSD math or science teachers. The teachers go through training in Robotics supported by PEF. Classes are offered as electives during the day.

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