After a month long lesson of the interactions of systems and energy flow within a organism, students had the opportunity to observe, and investigate, through dissection utilizing the Bull Frog as a specimen. Students were able to identify the different systems and how they are connected, which helped them infer the flow of energy within an organism.
Cortez competed in the 10th Annual Robot Rally at Cal Poly Pomona. There were about 20 schools participating, over 900 students, and approximately 300 teams. Cortez sent 10 teams, 31 students.
The Robot Rally consists of three events. Every team participates in the Sumo competition, in which two robots (built and programmed by students) attempt to push each other out of a ring. Robots compete in brackets. The two optional events are Line Following, where the robot attempts to follow a black curving line in the shortest time possible, and Obstacle Course, where the robot needs to navigate a maze.
Cortez students Osiel Madrid, Steven Jimenez, and Israel Vazquez took first place in the Sumo competition. Additionally, many of our teams won several rounds in the brackets. Another team was recognized for Excellence in Design: Valentin Barajas, Jeremiah Mejia, and Jaycub Licon. They received trophies for creativity in their robot design.