Travis Ranch School is home to a robotics program that competes in the First Lego League, which introduces science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to children ages 4-16 through fun, exciting hands-on learning. Participants gain real-world problem-solving experience through a guided, global robotics program. Participants are encouraged to experiment and grow their critical thinking, coding, and design skills through hands-on STEM learning and robotics.
The program at Travis Ranch School is sponsored by the REACH Foundation and led by the STEM IT UP Club at Yorba Linda High School. Coaching and mentorship is provided by Gisele Nguyen, REACH Foundation VP Academics, Eddie Tabata, Assistant Principal, Nayana Gupta, Parent Coach, and Mr. Greg Walls, YLHS STEM IT UP Club Advisor.
On December 4, the team had an impressive showing in the regional competition! The team earned the 3rd place core values award, which is given to the team that best displays core values throughout the competition. They also earned the coach/mentor award for the mentor of the team who best exemplifies first core values.
The team’s robot score of 215 points was in the top 40% of the 39 teams present at the competition. Although this marks the end of the team’s season, the fact that a rookie team was able to advance to the regional competition and leave with two awards is a huge accomplishment in itself! Congratulations to students Claire, Geoff, Abby, Nolan, and Christian for the great performance!