Webinar with Special Olympics of Texas - RGV on HOWTO Start a Team
What you need to participate?
You will need a Lego EV3 robot to participate in the Unified Robotics program.
Participants / Coaches:
Teams can consist of up to 6 participants. We encourage at least 50% of the team consisting of special needs (athletes). General education student participants should be of approximate grade level. Sponsor / Coach should be familiar with the specific special needs of the athletes.
No registration costs to participate
Easy to Start a Team:
Questions and Answers: Unified Robotics
Q. If I have special needs students on my FIRST team, is it considered a “Unified Robotics” team?
A. Yes. As long as you complete the UCS Form form, you are also considered a Unified Robotics team.
Q. Is Unified Robotics part of UIL?
A. YES! Students at a UIL member school and has completed a UCS form, that team qualifies for advancement to the state UIL Unified Robotics Championship offered by Special Olympics – Texas. To advance from the Rio Grande Valley, you must participate in a qualifying event with FIRST RGV.
Q. Can my FIRST team sponsor / mentor an “Unified Robotics” team?
A. Yes. This is a perfect project for outreach and support for FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition teams to help a “Unified Robotics” team in the Rio Grande Valley. This outreach can documented in your engineering notebooks.
Q. What is the cost to have a “Unified Robotics” team?
A. There is no registration cost for “Unified Robotics” events in the Rio Grande Valley. Teams will need to have a Lego EV3 robot and be able to build a robot to compete in a modified robotics challenge.
Q. How many events does a “Unified Robotics” team must attend?
A. Teams are welcome to attend at least one event, but are welcome at all “Unified Robotics” events to compete. Teams are also welcome to come to all FIRST events and cheer on teams as well!
Q. Are there awards for teams at events?
A. YES! At every “Unified Robotics” event, we will award 1st, 2nd, 3rd place trophies for teams based on points earned during the event. There are also a list of judged awards for each event which do not require robot performance.
MAX 15 TEAMS FOR 2020
Questions regarding Special Olympics – Texas,
please contact: Lauro Garza, Director SO-South
Unified Robotics introduces people with intellectual disabilities to a high-achieving population of students who may not otherwise have any exposure to people with special needs. These students learn to communicate effectively to a broad audience who have a wide range of literacy skills in the STEM vocabulary.
You can’t just read a book or be told stories and really know what someone else’s life is like. It takes sitting down, face-to-face, and engaging with another person—learning about them, the way they think, the way they perceive the world, and the way the world perceives them. These types of interactions are how change happens— one person, one experience at a time.
Unified Robotics introduces STEM concepts to people with intellectual disabilities in a way that will open doors for them in their future. Many of these students have little or no hands- on experience with STEM. Unified Robotics helps them know what they’re capable of. It’s the first building block, put there so that next time they go to do something and someone tells them, “You can’t do that,” they have the confidence (and experience) to know they can.
Unified Robotics is game-changer for students with special needs, it is a revolutionary concept: People with intellectual disabilities, from whom the least is expected, can meaningfully participate with best and the brightest scientists among their peers. They can learn real technical skills, they can build a robot, they can go to college and be gainfully employed. They have a future.
On the flip-side, Unified Robotics introduces people with intellectual disabilities to a high-achieving population of students who may not otherwise have any exposure to people with special needs. They create meaningful relationships, and their experience helps them redefine success—because success looks different for everyone.
As the STEM world grows, it will be increasingly important to find leaders who are brave enough to step outside the norm in search of wisdom or perspective that comes from a unique source—people who live and thrive with intellectual disabilities. Unified Robotics introduces people with intellectual disabilities to a high-achieving population of students who may not otherwise have any exposure to people with special needs. These students learn to communicate effectively to a broad audience who have a wide range of literacy skills in the STEM vocabulary. They gain leadership skills and learn they can extract talent where others find nothing putting them leaps and bounds ahead of the average STEM star, because of their participation in Unified Robotics.
These students feel a sense of accomplishment as they succeed in this unique environment, they create meaningful relationships, and their experience helps them redefine success—because success looks different for everyone.
The challenge for students remain same year over year and is based on a floor mat that is used to allow the students to sit and operate their robot. More information about the specific challenge will be posted here as well as the game manual.
Please direct any questions to: RGV Unified Robotics
Registration is a FREE two-step process. You must register with Unified Robotics and you must register as a team with FIRST RGV as we are organizing the events on behalf of Special Olympics – RGV. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us and we will gladly assist.