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Twenty seven members of the IKM-Manning Middle School and High School have built and programmed robots to compete against other schools to accomplish challenges in designing, engineering, building and programming robots. The students will travel to Belmond, Humboldt, Glidden and Fort Dodge to compete against other robotics teams in a robotics league which includes teams from Belmond, Kanawha, Fort Dodge, Humboldt, Manson and Glidden. The league is part of a University of Iowa STEM program called First Tech Challenge (FTC). FTC is designed for students in grades 7-12 to compete head to head, using a sports model. Teams are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and is programmed using a variety of languages. Teams, including coaches, mentors and volunteers, are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles. Awards are given for the competition as well as for community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments.
Students get to:
Design, build, and program robots
Apply real-world math and science concepts
Develop problem-solving, organizational, and team-building skills
Compete and cooperate in alliances and tournaments
The 2016-2017 Game:
VELOCITY VORTEX℠ presented by Qualcomm® is played on a (12 ft. × 12 ft.) square field with approximately (1 ft.) high walls and a soft foam mat floor. The field is divided diagonally into a “red” and a “blue” side corresponding to the two alliances. In the center of the field are two goals on a rotatable stand called the Center Vortex. Two ramps, each with a goal, called the Corner Vortex, are placed in opposite sides of the field. The Center Vortex Goals and Corner Vortexes are alliance specific. There are also four alliance neutral Beacons, two placed on each front wall next to the Corner Vortex. There are floor markings as well as Vision Targets placed on the field walls as reference points for robot navigation. Alliance specific scoring elements for VELOCITY VORTEX℠ are five small balls called Particles and one large ball called a Cap Ball per alliance. At the start of a match, each alliance has three Particles available for preloading and scoring during the Autonomous (preprogrammed) period. Each alliance can earn up to two more Particles for use during the Driver-Controlled period by claiming Beacons during the Autonomous period. Matches have two distinct periods of play: a 30-second Autonomous period followed by a two-minute Driver Controlled period, the last 30 seconds of the Driver Controlled period is called the End Game which adds new scoring opportunities for robots to achieve.
During the Autonomous period, robots operate using only pre-programmed instructions. Alliances earn points by: claiming Beacons, moving the Cap Ball off of the Center Vortex base onto the field floor, scoring Particles into their alliance’s Center Vortex or Corner Vortex. Alliances may also gain points by parking their robot in contact with the Center Vortex base or on the Corner Vortex.
During the Driver-Controlled period, alliances earn points by scoring Particles into their alliance’s Center Vortex or Corner Vortex. Robots may also claim Beacons for their alliance by triggering them to illuminate their alliance color. There is no limit to the number of times that a Beacon may be triggered. At the end of the Game, the color of the Beacon determines the alliance credited for claiming it.
The final 30 seconds of the Driver-Controlled period is called the End Game. In addition to the Driver-Controlled period tasks, alliances earn points by raising the Cap Ball off the playing field floor or by capping their Center Vortex with it.
Autonomous Period Scoring:
Robot Parked partially on Center Vortex base .....5 points
Robot Parked fully on Center Vortex base .........10 points
Robot Parked partially on Corner Vortex..............5 points
Robot Parked fully on Corner Vortex ..................10 points
Particle scored in Center Vortex ........... 15 points/Particle
Particle scored in Corner Vortex............. 5 points/Particle
Cap Ball in contact with the floor ..........................5 points
Claimed Beacon................................30 points/Beacon (plus 1 extra Particle per claimed Beacon, up to 2)
Driver-Controlled Period Scoring:
Particle scored in Center Vortex ............. 5 points/Particle
Particle scored in Corner Vortex............... 1 point/Particle
End Game Scoring:
Claimed Beacon.....................................10 points/beacon
Cap Ball raised off floor but below 76 cm (30 inches).....................................10 points
Cap Ball raised above 76 cm (30 inches) ...........20 points
Cap Ball scored in Center Vortex Goal...............40 points
Students who have competed in the past say these meets have been difficult, frustrating, challenging, entertaining but most of all a whole lot of fun.
A community school builds partnerships and organizes resources to support the development of students. The IKM-Manning CSD needs to gather data from our stakeholders to understand barriers and facilitate movement towards our vision. Please take the time to fill out the survey.
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Rich Wig of Monsanto presented IKM-Manning with a $25,000 America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education Grant Friday August 26, 2016 at the home football game. School districts are considered for the grants from the nominations made by farmers to the Monsanto Fund. Schools are eligible to receive $10,000 or $25,000 to fund math and science projects that broaden the curriculum and add additional learning opportunities for students. In 2016, the fund will award an estimated $2.3 million through distribution of the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education Grants across the country. Present to receive the award on behalf of the district were: IKM-Manning Ag Instructor, Ben Booth; members of the IKM-Manning FFA; Superintendent, Dr. Tom Ward; IKM-Manning School Board members; and representatives from the group of 41 farmers who nominated the school district for the award.
The Office of the Chief Information Officer is in the process of replacing the School Alerts system. GovDelivery has been selected as the replacement service. School Alerts, as it existed ended on June 30, 2016.
ANYONE wishing to receive alerts pertaining to the IKM-Manning School District MUST sign up for a new account.
Go the school home page and click on the link at the top of the page to be directed to the sign-up page for the new system.
Users will now have the option of choosing which of the schools in the IKM-Manning district that they would like to receive alerts for.
This is a change from the past as the IKM-Manning district sent out alerts as a district wide announcement regarless of the topic of the announcement.
Bullying is unwanted, repeated, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. Bullying can occur during or after school hours. While most reported bullying happens in the school building, a significant percentage also happens in places like on the playground or the bus. It can also happen travelling to or from school, in the youth’s neighborhood, or on the Internet.
There are three types of bullying:
Click on this link: https://www.stopbullying.gov/ for more information
Thanks to our business community for sponsoring broadcast times, our IKM-Manning Middle School students will be on the local stations sharing outstanding academic achievements & activities and community contributions.
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