Robotics & Coding Clubs

To challenge the minds of our students and to provide a creative outlet for learning, St. John School offers robust robotics and coding clubs from 2nd Grade through Middle School. These clubs incorporate a number of science, technology and engineering concepts to prepare students for important skills down the road.

Club Offerings

First Lego League, Jr. Club

Students in Grades 2-3 participate in the First Lego League, Jr. Club after school. According to LEGO, “‘FIRST LEGO League Jr. gives early elementary school students and their adult coaches the opportunity to work and create together while they explore science and technology concepts.” Students participate in a series of hands-on challenges to design and build solutions to problems using Lego’s. This inspires young students “to explore a scientific concept, build a model and code it to make it move using LEGO Education WeDo 2.0” The student’s work is demonstrated and celebrated at the annual St. John School STEAM Expo in the spring in front of hundreds of family members and guests.

VEX IQ Robotics Club

Students in middle school have the opportunity to join the VEX IQ Robotics Club at St. John School. Hands-on robot design teaches engineering skills in an engaging way. Students learn to program the robot using the Robot C programming language. They can also control the robot through a game controller for teamwork challenges. The curriculum is mapped to national standards and values creativity, problem-solving, teamwork and leadership. Competition events allow students to test their programming and teamwork skills against other teams as they compete in different level challenges including local, state, national and international events.

Dot and Dash Robotics

Computer Science is also available to younger students from kindergarten through Grade 4 through the use of Dot and Dash robots. Within this platform, young students use iPads and learn graphical coding to play games, solve puzzles and complete an obstacle course. Older students who are proficient in coding also volunteer to team up with younger students to bring the magic of robots to them in a friendly and supportive way.

Other Extracurricular Offerings