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Carmel Valley Middle School creates Robotics Club

Carmel Valley Middle School Founding Robotics Club: Back row (L-R): Ryan Wang, Brian Balo, Jangwoo Lee, Rohith Sudhakar, Jessica Xiang, Vincent Chan, Gayathri Gunasekaran, Mikhil Chilakapati, Austin Zhu, Trevor Guo, Robotics Club Coordinator Sue Fredin, Samuel Xiong. Front row: Jerry Huang, Brian Cheng, Declan Kramer, Jacob Soni, Gaurie Gunasekaran, Alisha Chakaraborty, Melanie Limas An, Rachana Madhukara, Ronak Roy.
Carmel Valley Middle School Founding Robotics Club: Back row (L-R): Ryan Wang, Brian Balo, Jangwoo Lee, Rohith Sudhakar, Jessica Xiang, Vincent Chan, Gayathri Gunasekaran, Mikhil Chilakapati, Austin Zhu, Trevor Guo, Robotics Club Coordinator Sue Fredin, Samuel Xiong. Front row: Jerry Huang, Brian Cheng, Declan Kramer, Jacob Soni, Gaurie Gunasekaran, Alisha Chakaraborty, Melanie Limas An, Rachana Madhukara, Ronak Roy.
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A brand new club has been founded at Carmel Valley Middle School. The new Robotics Club will give students an opportunity to explore and gain experience in this exciting field. More than 20 founding students, including seventh- and eighth-graders, meet twice a week to work on projects.

Robotics Club coordinator and CVMS science teacher Sue Fredin said the students are running the club and creating its direction and design. “Members practice and use math, critical thinking and problem-solving skills in a fun, low-stress environment to complete projects.”

Fredin said she is grateful to parent volunteer Latha Roy and the school Parent Teacher Student Association for their role in the creation of the club. She is looking forward to seeing the creativity and growth the program will inspire.

CVMS Robotics club members select parts for a project. Left to right: Austin Zhu, Nikhil Chilakapati, Rohith Sudhakar, Robotics Club coordinator Sue Fredin, Melanie Limas An, Ronak Roy.
CVMS Robotics club members select parts for a project. Left to right: Austin Zhu, Nikhil Chilakapati, Rohith Sudhakar, Robotics Club coordinator Sue Fredin, Melanie Limas An, Ronak Roy.
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While the long-term goal of the Robotics Club is to establish a foundation at CVMS, students are already learning about gears and gear ratios, base structures with VEX components and programming in RobotC. Through a series of challenges, five teams will construct robots that will focus on different movements and programming specifics. They will then compete against each other and share their builds and programs to learn and discuss optimal approaches for each challenge.

“This club is a great opportunity for our students as we incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning into CVMS,” said Principal Cara Dolnik. “I appreciate the PTSA and Mrs. Fredin for their time and effort in piloting the club this year.” Visit the school’s general website https://cv.sduhsd.net.


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