Monday, November 28, 2016

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Computer Science Week is coming!

Computer Science Week is aligned with the Hour of Code, and many different events occur during that week. One such event is hosted by Apple in Apple stores as mentioned in this Mashable article. You can sign up here. I know the school does participate in the hour of code each year, and I have worked personally done many of the challenges with my daughter. Students always seem excited! Sign up soon as the spots do fill...


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Lightining Robotics FTC (First Technical Challenge)

Lightining Robotics is hosting an FTC (First Technical Challenge) Qualifier at Canton High School (North Building) on Saturday Nov 5th.  All our area middle school FTC teams are participating in this qualifier. This is a free event for all spectators. 
More information on this event can be found at...

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

4th and 5th grade robotics training event info

Greetings eager robotics families!

Now that we have the 3rd grade robotics teams on their way for their fall season, we are now ready to kickoff our programming training for the incoming 4th and 5th graders.  We will be hosting Lego EV3 programming lessons starting Wednesday, November 2nd at 6:30 PM in the Gallimore school gym and will proceed every Wednesday until the end of year break (minus Thanksgiving break).  Each session should last 2 hours.

Due to the number of interested students vs. available robots, I'd request that prior club members that already have programming experience not attend and leave room for those that have not already learned advanced Lego programming.  I will be providing robots, but I will need people to come with laptops that have an EV3 programming environment installed.  The software can be found here: 

If you do not have a PC, there are apps for both Android and iPads that can be used in the first few sessions, but a PC or Mac will be required for some of the programming lessons later in the year.  It is not required that ever person have a computer to participate and I think we will get a feel for hardware requirements after a few sessions, but I'd rather have too much hardware rather than not enough.  Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend and learn along with their children as well!

In future emails, I will share plans for forming teams for the upcoming Robofest competition this winter and will also be scheduling a kick-off meeting for that.  

If you know someone that was interested in participating in Gallimore Robotics Club and has not received this email, please encourage them to sign up at as that is what I am currently using as the list.  I will also be posting this same email to the blog and on Facebook.

As always, please contact me with any questions!  You can reach me at

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Hello 3rd Grade Parents,

My name is Rachel Clawson and my daughter Kennedy is a 3rd grader at Gallimore this year. You are receiving this e-mail because your son or daughter expressed interest in participating in robotics this year.
As many of you may be aware, the lego competition that the club participated in last year is only for 4th and 5th graders. Last year the 3rd graders were still able to be a part of the club by spending time learning basic programming online, but did not have any real opportunites to work with the robots or compete. We have just learned about a competition that will allow 3rd graders to enter, but we need to act fast if we want to participate. 
The Wonder League Robotics Competition, is a free competition that runs about 2 months. Students will team up to design solutions to real-world science and technology challenges by programming and building extensions for their Dash & Dot robots. Please click on the link above for more information about the competition. My daughter has been programming with Dash and Dot all summer and they are wonderful! I think it will be a very do-able first step for the 3rd graders that will be both fun and challenging. 
The biggest issue is that registration for this competition ends Monday October 17th. That only gives us 6 days to get organized!!!
In talking with Joe Rork, the 4th/5th grade robotics lead, here is what the the 3rd grade robotics program would involve for those who choose to compete:
  • Email me, Rachel Clawson ( by this Friday the 14th if your child would like to compete. 
  • The students will meet for approx. 2 hours once a week until the December 15th deadline. At this time we plan to meet Thursday night at Gallimore from 6:30 to 8:30. I will let you know as soon as we nail this time down. (We will not meet over the Thanksgiving holiday)
  • Our first meeting would be next Thursday. (Again sorry to rush things, but we have to get started if we want to make the deadline)
  • The fee for the 3rd graders would be somewhere between $80 to $100. This would be to purchase enough robots for each team to use as well as for a team t-shirt. I don't know when this would be due, but probably soon as we would need to order the robots ASAP in order to start working with them
  • Each team would need one adult to help advise. Joe said that a few people said they would be interested coaching, but I would need to know exactly how many parents are willing to coach to ensure enough supervision. If you are unable to come Thursday nights, I think we could make other times work. The biggest thing is that you can commit 2 hrs a week for the next two months. 
If you have any other questions, please e-mail me. I am excited to be a part of Gallimore robotics this year and look forward to working with you and your children.


Rachel Clawson

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Great start to a new school year!

This evening was our annual Gallimore Elementary School club sign-up event, and it was great! While students and parents alike found an opportunity to sign up for many interesting clubs, I do believe that once again, robotics was one of the most popular. We had over 65 interested students sign up, and I'm sure there will be many more in the coming weeks. Similar to last year, we had many 3rd graders interested in joining as well, and I'm happy to say that we also had many interested parents to volunteer to run the 3rd grade program. (more details to come)

 First things first, we need everyone that is interested in joining the team to sign up at the following site: This will get you into the system where I will be sharing direct information. You also may want to enter your email on this blog site to receive updates from new blog posts.

 I'll be posting more information in the near future. In the meantime, feel free to scroll towards the beginning of this blog to see some Q&As. When you sign up, i'll be sending an email so that you have my contact information.

 Look forward to hearing from you all!

Time to sign-up!

It's now time to sign up for the 2016-17 school year Robotics Club! Fill out the form at this link:

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Hello, Gallimore Robotics Parents!

It is time to recruit and register volunteers for our upcoming Robofest Tournament (Saturday, April 9th).  There are many positions available, and any necessary training will be provided before the event.  

Coaches will be needed to assist with the students on the team, so we are looking for other adults and high school students to fill the positions.  Please spread the word and help us recruit family and/or friends to fill these positions if you are not able to volunteer.

To see the positions available, visit this website: 

To volunteer for a position, click on "New Volunteer Registration" at the left of the screen.  You may indicate "Gallimore Robotics" as your affiliation unless you wish to represent your employer or another association.  

More information will follow after volunteer positions have been filled.  Please contact if you have any questions.

Thank you in advance for your help in making our first tournament a success!

Cara Wegrzyn & Joe Rork

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Wheel Converter Tool

Teams and coaches,
I found a tool that can assist us in programming our robots to move calculated distances.  It is available as both an app on iPhone and Android and a website.


In other news, I've been told that robots are being shipped out today.