About the size of a small shoebox, the robot whirred and inched toward a free-standing column in the middle of the K.I. Jones Elementary multipurpose room. Then it turned slowly to circle one of two urns on either side of the column before making a beeline to the center of the room’s basketball court. There, running out of power, it stopped.
Radical Robots Racing, the culmination of a weeklong quasi-robotics summer camp at the school, was in full gear.
Some 34 fifth- and sixth-graders, all of them students in the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program, were on hand Friday to show off what science and engineering they had learned over the previous few days and to demonstrate those principles, among other things, to a roomful