- January 4, 2019
In 2014, UMS was one of the first elementary schools in Ontario to bring Coding into the mainstream curriculum. Following an initiative that begun in the United Kingdom, our Design and Technology classes, from Casa through to grade 8, have been focused on bringing coding to our students. Since then, we have expanded our program to include visual robotics as part of the ongoing process of ensuring new technology is part of the UMS curriculum. Our technology classes are comprised of four main units: Digital Citizenship, Software
Application, Coding, Robotics, and Engineering. The program strives to promote and students to think ‘outside of the box’ as they develop their skills, while teaching them to understand programming and programming concepts in active ways. Programming a robot has tangible, observable effects. Coding requires students to problem solve, work both independently and in collaboration, and show initiative, organization, and responsibility.
We were pleased to enter our UMS Robotics team to compete in the FLL: First Lego League Robotic Competition which was held on December 8th at Markham District High School. Our team this year displayed great effort. Mr. Osmar and Mr. Romanoff ran this enrichment and worked with these students challenging their thinking, and guiding and encouraging their design model and implementation of innovation.
The theme for this year’s competition was Into Orbit which explored the human presence in outer space and space exploration. The UMS team presented their research in front of a panel of judges. The team designed a virtual reality miniature Canada-arm. Their innovative design was for the astronaut to wear a motion sensing virtual reality suit which would be connected to a robot on the exterior of the space station. This would allow for the manipulation of fine repairs on the outside of the space station; therefore, the astronaut could remain safely inside the space station. Congratulations to our Robotics team!