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Robotics Teams

Robotics Teams

The Details

When? The Robotics season is from first week in Sept. through January

Where? Room 15 (upstairs across from 4th grade Coach Osacky’s room)

Days we meet?

The Elementary team (3rd and 4th grade) meets on Tuesdays from 3:30-5:30

The M.S. team (5th-8th) meets on Wednesdays from 3:30-5:30

1st day of practice for ELEMENTARY is TUESDAY September 7th

1st Day of practice for MIDDLE SCHOOL is Wednesday September 8th

SINCE ROBOTICS IS 1 DAY/WEEK STUDENTS CAN PARTICIPATE IN OTHER AFTERSCHOOL ACTIVITIES AND NOT HAVE TO CHOOSE. (For example, a 5th grader can be in both Soccer and Robotics)

First LEGO League

The TCS Robotics Program is part of the FIRST LEGO LEAGUE robotics program.

FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a robotics community that prepares young people for the future through a suite of inclusive, team-based robotics programs for grades 3rd -8th.

FIRST LEGO LEAGUE introduces science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to students through fun, exciting hands-on learning. FIRST LEGO League participants gain real-world problem-solving experiences through a guided, global robotics program, helping today’s students and teachers build a better future together. In FIRST LEGO League, students engage in hands-on STEM experiences, building confidence, growing their knowledge and developing habits of learning. FIRST LEGO League inspires youth to experiment and grow their critical thinking, coding and design skills through hands-on STEM learning and robotics. NO CODING KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED TO START.

TCS Robotics Team Members (3rd- 8th) will participate in the FIRST LEGO league robotic competition.

Additionally, TCS Robotics Team members (6th- 8th grade) will also be able to compete with ACSI’s STEM competitions.

ACSI (Association of Christian School International) Student Activities is partnering with Grand Canyon University to provide STEM competitions for students in grades 6-8 at Christian schools across the United States and internationally, and hope that your school will seriously consider being a part of these groundbreaking events during the 2021-22 school year.

There are five STEM challenges within the overall competition:

  • Engineering - Robotics - Arduino Robot Construction, Maze & Obstacle Course

  • Engineering - Aerospace - Glider

  • Engineering - Mechanical - Slingshot

  • Information Technology - Cybersecurity - Capture the Flag

  • Information Technology - Coding - Virtual Card Game

Bottom line: Your student is going to have a blast participating in the TCS Robotics Team!

Coaches

Chris McBride is the Head Coach of the Middle School Robotics Team and Technology/Art Teacher at TCS. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education with endorsements in middle school and Special Education. She has taught for over 15 years in public, private and homeschool settings. Her love of STEM has been evident over the years from having science birthday parties (Mythbuster’s style), planning field trips to MSI (dissecting cow’s eyes), to learning at Argonne and Dresden with Boyscouts. She has four children (21, 18, 13 and 7). Her older two loved STEM so much they attended and graduated from the Illinois Math and Science Academy residential school in Aurora. They have moved on to college and are studying degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Zoology and Graphic Design. Her two younger children, Maddie (8th) and Malachi (1st) attend TCS and cannot wait to join TCS Robotics! She is very thankful and excited for this opportunity to help foster a love for STEM at TCS.

Terese Osacky is the Head Coach of the Elementary Robotics Team and the 4th grade teacher at TCS. She has her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and initially worked in the healthcare insurance industry. Through serving with children at church, and a few signs from above, she went back to school to become an elementary teacher and has loved the last 7 years teaching! Terese has a passion for making learning fun, letting each student know they are valuable and cared for, and that education is lifelong. She has an 8-year-old daughter, Gretta, who attends TCS in 3rd grade, and a 6-year-old foster son, Hunter, attending a nearby public school. She is always up for something new and is so excited to help launch the robotics team here at TCS!

Amy McKnight has two young girls at TCS, Aria (4th) and Mya (3rd) and they are starting their 4th year here at TCS. Amy grew up on a farm in very rural Nebraska which fostered her curiosity for how things worked (or didn’t work) and for taking things apart and putting them back together. This led into her studying engineering in college. She has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a master’s degree in Material Science & Engineering. Her degrees lead her to design work on various products including engine valves, transmissions, automotive controls and more. Currently she works as an engineer at Caterpillar, mainly working on the design of transmission and engine pumps used on many different Caterpillar machines, but now focusing on project management & product cost. Amy has spent lots of time in local schools, including TCS, giving some basic science lessons/experiments to young students on various topics from gravity to electricity or friction to corrosion. She has also given many talks at several local high schools to students interested in STEM or just to help them learn about engineering, jobs in that field, college, etc. She has a passion for mentoring and talking to students of all ages and getting them excited about STEM.

Adam Cole has four children at TCS - Ava (5th), Hazel, (4th), Holden (1st), and Amelia (Pre-4). Adam has spent 10 years at Caterpillar as a supply chain engineer, strategist, and program manager. When he was young, his father and grandfather motivated him to go into engineering and out and solve complex problems faced in the world. When he arrived at Ohio State’s aerospace engineering program to compete in his first robotics competition, he realized he did not think like many engineering students – they were very hands on / mechanical, and he was more of a creative motivator! After realizing design engineering was not right for him, he switched to integrated systems engineering and soon understood that his creativity and energy could be applied to solve large scale problems. He now focuses on long term business transformation strategy development & solving the most critical supply constraints at Caterpillar. Adam is excited to teach kids that you don’t have to think a certain way to be successful in a STEM field and help kids discover how their unique skills and abilities can be leveraged to improve the world God has entrusted us with.

Ron Naling is an IT Coordinator for TCS. He has a daughter (Analeigh) in the 7th grade, and they’ve been with the school for 3 years. Ron received his Microsoft certification in the early 2000s, attended Lewis University in Romeoville for IT Management, and has over 20+ years of technology experience from Fortune 500 companies to small business environments, schools, and churches. Ron enjoys solving problems and has found the combination of technology and user talents has been the most successful path to do so. He’s excited to both lead & learn in the TCS Robotics program, fellowship with likeminded individuals and spend time with his daughter (also a team member) so they may grow together in a dynamic and creative environment!