Kimberlin’s CyberKnights robotics team was started in 2015. Third, fourth and fifth graders try out for the team and have an opportunity to practice after school on Tuesdays. Teams work together to build a robot which will compete in VEX IQ tournaments.
Each team designs their robot to score the maximum number of points during the game. They also work on programming the robots to run by themselves. Tournaments are set up so that all teams must work together in order to score the most points.
Our first Kimberlin robotics students competed at VEX IQ Worlds and are now at Austin Academy. Those students return to Kimberlin to mentor our students by helping with robot design and builds, programming, and skills challenges.
Kimberlin is joined by Walnut Glen, Bullock, Freeman, Northlake, and Watson as the only GISD elementary schools with competitive robotics teams. Other GISD elementary schools are working to start up their own robotics programs.
K-Kids stands for Kiwanis Kids and is a student-led community service organization. Our goal is to develop leadership potential by working together in service to our school and community. Through this service, our members develop strong moral character by learning the value of helping others. Our club is sponsored by Officer Don Koerner - Student Resource Officer, Mrs. Engleman - science teacher, Mrs. Martin - 4th grade teacher and Mrs. Ballard - counselor.
The K-Kids’ pledge:
“As a K-Kid, I promise to serve my neighborhood and my school; I will show respect toward my environment; and I will try to make the world a better place in which to live.”
Explorers classes take place in the fall and spring semesters. These classes are on Mondays from 4:00 p.m. to 4:50 p.m. Classes could include: Robotics, Let's Code, Readers' Theater, Tea Parties, Board Games, Chess, Puppets, Games of Strategy, and Knitting Knights. Others include Primary Choir, Puzzles, Just Dance, Knights of Service, Crazy for Crafts, Mensa for Kids, Yoga, and Sudoku Stars.