Patterson Robotics Academy is an after-school robotics program serving approximately 70 Patterson students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade. P.R.A. exposes students to engineering concepts using educational LEGOs, EV3 coding, Scratch Coding, and C+ programing.
P.R.A. (Patterson Robotics Academy) 3rd and 4th graders participate in the EARLY (Engineering and Robotics Learned Young) robotics contests throughout the year. P.R.A. 5th graders participates in the TCEA(Texas Computer Education Association) robotics contests. Girls Who Code Club follow a curriculum prescribed by the international organization as well as Scratch coding software. 4th and 5th graders meet on Wednesdays to prepare for Junior BotBall Challenges.
P.R.A. meets on most Wednesdays and Fridays (3:00 pm - 4:30 pm) to learn about the fundamentals of simple machines, build motorized mechanisms, and designing apps. While the 3rd and 4th grade teams practice for EARLY tournaments using wired controlled robots, the 5th grade team uses basic computer coding to program autonomous robots to perform TCEA missions at the tournaments. Robotics Academy members are invited to tryout at the beginning of the year based on merit, motivation and interest. This school year P.R.A. has expanded to include 4th grade Girls Who Code, and 4th & 5th grade Junior Bot Ball Challenge.
Mr. Edmund Pantuliano is Program Director for the P.R.A.
Alma Adams (5th) TCEA Coach
Fereshteh Farvili (4th) EARLY Coach
Rosario Martinez (3rd) EARLY Coach
Britany Corprew (GWC) GWC Facilitator
Billy Smoot (5th) JBC Coach
Roxanne Martinez (4th) JBC Coach
Megan Pantuliano Volunteer Professional
Ms. Osuna Parent Volunteer
Rubi Ortuño Parent Volunteer/Media
P.R.A. is partially funded by a grant from Schlumberger and matching contributions from ConocoPhillips.