Robotic Competition
FIRST Tech Challenge, Grade 9-12 (Ages 14-18)
FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) is designed for those who want to compete head-to-head, using a sports model. Teams of up to 10 students are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. The robot kit is programmed using a variety of languages. Teams, including coaches, mentors and volunteers, are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles. Awards are given for the competition as well as for community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments. Prerequisites:

Competition team members get to:
  • Design, build, and program robots
  • Apply real-world math and science concepts
  • Develop problem-solving, organizational, and team-building skills
  • Compete and cooperate in alliances and tournaments
  • Earn a place in the World Championship
  • Qualify for close to $7 million in college scholarships
FIRST LEGO League, Grade 4-8 (Ages 9-14)
FIRST LEGO League (FLL) introduces younger students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FLL teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society. Prerequisite:

Competition team members get to:
  • Design, build and program robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology
  • Apply real-world math and science concepts
  • Research challenges facing today’s scientists
  • Learn critical thinking, team-building and presentation skills
  • Participate in tournaments and celebrations
What FLL teams accomplish is nothing short of amazing. It’s fun. It’s exciting. And the skills they learn will last a lifetime.
Jr. FIRST LEGO League, Grade 1-3 (Ages 6-9)
The newest program in FIRST introduces the youngest students to the exciting worlds of science and technology. Just like FLL, this program features a real-world challenge, to be solved by research, critical thinking and imagination. Guided by adult coaches, students work with LEGO elements and moving parts to create solutions and present them for review. Prerequisite:

What are the qualifications?

As many other after school programs offered by CAAST, our STEM Institute accepts applications from students attending public and private day schools. Our goal is to provide challenging and exciting learning opportunities for K-12 students who are interested and gifted in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Our year-round programs consist of classes designed to broaden and deepen their knowledge base, and workshops designed to provide them hands-on experiences. Upon the completion of required classes, students may apply to join certain competition teams. Acceptance into jr. level competition teams is usual but not automatic, while advanced level teams gradually become more selective. Some basic qualifications include:

  • STEM class and workshop prerequisite(s)
  • attendance
  • respect for teachers, coaches and teammates
  • skill level
Enrollment for 2010-2011 Season

Priority enrollment for STEM Institute begins August 23, 2010 for all CAAST students in Day School and After School Programs.

Open Enrollment for STEM Institute begins August 30, 2010 for new students.

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