KISS Institute for Practical Robotics Brings Revolutionary Learning with Botball Tournaments
NORMAN, Okla. - Oct. 16, 2018 - PRLog -- An Oklahoma non-profit is aiming to make robotic and STEM education popular and accessible to everyone worldwide. Helping bring about this progress is the KISS Institute for Practical Robotics, which organizes the hugely popular Botball tournaments for students from around the world, along with other related learning and training programs.
KISS Institute for Practical Robotics (KIPR) is a non-profit organization, and a leading provider of STEM based educational robotics programs and fun competitions. The Botball tournaments are part of this initiative, where students design, build and program robots using components, and participate in competitions with other kids.
KISS' is a well-known acronym and stands for 'keep it simple, stupid'. That's also the principle students, from middle to high school, learn while building their robots and competing in the Junior Botball Challenge. In doing so, they easily absorb several core disciplines of science, engineering, technology, math, and writing skills in hands-on projects.
"The positive outcomes of the Botball tournament and learning can be seen in the fact that 52% of participants consider a career in STEM fields, and take their learnings outside the field of robotics. Eighty-six percent of team leaders use the building materials, robotic controllers, sensors and motors for educational activities outside Botball," said its Executive Director, Steve Goodgame.
Botball is about engineering with minimum tools and reusable components. An important feature of Botball robots is that they are completely autonomous. With no drivers, the robots are programmed in languages such as C, C++ and Java to take information from sensors and use it according to the computer programs written by students.
For educators, KIPR offers a practical workshop developed by professional roboticists, and continues to provide technical support and advice during the Botball season. The Botball competition sees participation from over three hundred teams comprising thousands of students as well as teachers from over a dozen regions in the US, and countries such as Qatar, Austria, Poland, and Zimbabwe.
For more information, please visit: http://kipr.org/
Located in Norman, Oklahoma, KIPR's mission is to improve the public's understanding of science, technology, engineering, and math; develop the skills, character, and aspirations of students; and contribute to the enrichment of our school systems, communities, and the nation. KIPR also organizes The Global Conference on Educational Robotics, and hosts a Botball® Store for gear and robotics parts. Registrations for the upcoming Botball 2019 are currently open.