My name is Zack Hansel and I am a physics teacher and robotics coach.
Physics: We will learn about objects in motion, transfer of energy, electricity, and magnetism. We will also have a project each six weeks that is construction based and will test the limits of what different materials can do.
In the first six weeks, we will learn about general lab practices, units of measurement, data calculation, and translational motion in both one dimension and two dimensions.
In the second six weeks, we will learn about Newton’s laws and how forces affect an object’s motion. We will work with the theory of conservation of energy and how energy may change forms as an object changes location and in its motion.
Robotics: We will build robots from scratch to complete certain tasks as determined by the VEX tournaments for that given year. The robot must follow certain construction rules in order to compete and will be competing against schools from around the area in a series of tournaments to progress to finals accepting teams from all over the globe.
The explanation video and official rulebooks for this year are available at the VEX website, here .