The Masters School is an independent day and boarding school that allows for partnership
between the middle and upper school. The Masters Robotics and Engineering program operates
under the guidance of the School’s principles which means there are restrictions for community
outreach. Given these restrictions, the team has decided to focus its outreach on students
from our own middle school (grade five through eight). Our middle school outreach program has
three main components:
1) this website which includes part files, code and other materials for download that were
created/prepared by Team 14479;
2) a weekly Introduction to Robotics after-school program for students in our Middle School;
3) an internship program for middle school students whose background and skills are considered
advanced for the Introduction to Robotics program.
Introduction to Robotics is an afterschool program, which takes place weekly in the Herrick
Room, right next door to the Innovation and Engineering Center at The Masters School. Under
Mrs. Kadiyala’s coordination, young and bright minds from the middle school explore a holistic
range of the engineering process and develop their engineering skills and thinking. Activities
included in the program are, but not limited to, learning the engineering design process, solving
challenges, and coding.
Meanwhile, middle school students who are eligible for the Internship program participate in
the Upper School Co-curricular which students need to participate in at least three days a week.
These students do not only assist the upper school robotics team, but also generate concept
sketches and build a prototype with other high school students. The interns are an integral part
of the team. In this regard, the support from Internship students is significant and we are in
the process of bringing additional interns in to the Upper School Co-curricular (if any meet the
requirements) at the next trimester in November.
Any middle school student who applies to be an intern for the next trimester is required to
participate in a training program. Criteria we look for from an intern include varying levels of
engineering experience, application skills, and gracious professionalism. In this context,
gracious professionalism means having a win-win attitude and behavior and respect to all in and
out of the program. With gracious professionalism, the hope is for any member of the team to make
a valued contribution to the team.