Archive for the ‘Robotics’ Category

By Kyle Sanor
Staff writer

A new robotics teacher, Troy Brown, is now on campus at Cactus Canyon.
Mr. Hutzel, the old robotics teacher, moved to Iowa. After he left, Mr. Brown, the new teacher, took his place. This is his first year at Cactus Canyon and his 35th year teaching. He has taught at plenty of schools before entering here. They were a mix of high school and junior highs.
“I’ve been teaching at Cactus Canyon for about four weeks,” Mr. Brown said. “This is my 35th year teaching technical subjects. I’ve been a teacher at the Air Force Tech School, Gilbert High, Highland High, and Fremont Junior High.”
His goal is to help students apply their scientific and mathematical principles to build many things. They will be building robots that they can control. He says it also helps them solve a problem before they begin. They will use scientific and math concepts to create physical solutions and understanding of those principals. He is ready to help these students to build their goals.
Students have been enjoying his class and said he is a very helpful teacher. They like that the lessons help them prepare for their future. Students are also preparing for the first robotics competition of the year.
“Right now we are doing research on nanotechnology,” CCJH student Lorenz Mangahas said. “I am planning to go to the competition because I’m planning on taking coding and technical engineering.


By Kelsey Martinez
Staff writer

On Sept. 10, the Cactus Canyon Junior High robotics teacher, Mr. Brown, and one second-year robotics student went to a meeting at Arizona State University for the First Lego League.
At the meeting rules were explained and guidelines were given to help them prepare for the actual robotics competition in December.
In September each year, a new challenge is announced that focuses on a different real-world topic related to the sciences. This year it is about food and water safety. Each challenge within the competition is about that theme. The robotics part of the competition revolves around designing and programming LEGO robots to complete tasks. The students work out solutions to the various problems they are given and then meet for regional tournaments to share their knowledge, compare ideas, and display their robots.
“I’m enthralled by the challenge of using robots to solve real-world problems,” said Lorenz Mangahas an eighth grader in robotics. “December can’t come soon enough.”
A team of five students who were in robotics last year will being going to competition this year. This will also be Mr. Brown’s first year at FLL.
“The robotics class is a great place to work hard and have a whole lot of fun,” said Mr. Brown.