The Janksters had a great Spotlight Week this year at Notre Dame High School where, they highlighted the various aspects of Robotics. We threw different, fun events each day of the week before CalGames in order to get students excited about the upcoming competition and Grace’s progress.
On Monday, we set up in our school’s very own Pardini park to drive VEX robots and drew raffle prizes for Notre Dame’s Magazine Drive. The students and even teachers came to drive the robots and learn more about them.
Tuesday was the day that the Janksters took the previous activity a step up by allowing others to drive the 2015 robot, Grace. This was a unique opportunity, since it would be perhaps the last time the school’s students would see Grace up close.
On Thursday, we had a fun programming activity, in which students gathered around to watch teachers decorate cookies by following instructions/code given to them. Since the instructions were so vague, the teachers could put their own spin on it, allowing an hilarious lesson about the importance of being specific while programming our robots.
Finally, Friday arrived! A fun pep rally was planned to end our spotlight week on exciting terms in which they were thrilled for the upcoming CalGames. The Janksters, followed by other energetic students in the school, danced along to music typically in our competitions such as Cupid Shuffle and Cha-cha slide. This event allowed us to give a short preview of the excitement in CalGames and talk to the students, educating them more about the competition.
All in all, we had a blast during Spotlight Week and cannot wait till next year!