Several Mora students competed in the Robo RAVE conference earlier this month in Albuquerque. They showed their skill in design and testing of the projects that they had been working on during the year.
“When the students are analyzing torque against speed or comparing rates in a fraction of a meter per second, they are applying math and science to something they have built and are learning to think like engineers as they design, test and re-design their robots,” says Russ Fisher-Iva, director of the 11-year-old New Mexico growth competition. “The students are learning the 21st century language of programming. For students, the experience may be less about learning and more about fun.”
Four teams from Mora took part in the competition. They were all elementary and junior high students.
Flameliminator — Alejandro Montoya - seventh grade, Jack Rains Jr. - seventh grade, and coach Jack Rains.
Mr. Robot — Leandro Aragon - fifth grade, Conrad Romero - fifth grade, Devondre Cordova - fifth grade and coach Michael Aragon.
Robot Angels — Hunter Alcon - fourth grade, Shannay Casados - fourth grade, Taylor Benjamin - fourth grade, Casey Benjamin - first grade and coach Denise Casados.
Robot FX 23 — Don Diego Rains - second grade, Diego Aragon - fourth grade and coach Monica Aragon.
The skills that the students are learning are highly prized because the demand for skilled robotics persons has been growing.
Robo Rave International is a program of Inquiry Facilitators, whose mission is to enhance science technology, engineering and math education through academic competition, teacher professional development and support of student research.
The young people who are working in this program are preparing for a career that will be very much in demand in the near future.
Little League ceremony held
On May 8, Mora Little League began its season with the traditional opening ceremony. The VFW Post 1131 presented the colors and Tomas Sanchez sang the national anthem.
Then it was time to play ball.
The Mora Little League has ten teams this year with over 100 children participating. They play every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 6 p.m. at the little league field in Holman.
In the meantime, the younger children will be learning how to play the game and rules in the T-Ball field
The season will end on June 28 with the awards and closing ceremony.
Later the teams will travel to the district tournament.
A big thank you goes out to the board, coaches, sponsors and parent volunteers.
Ruth Fort is a Mora County correspondent. She may be reached at (575) 387-6523 or ruthfortchacon@ yahoo.com