A major component of Ranney School's STEAM program is Ranney Robotics, a program established in 2010. Students in all divisions, starting in fourth grade, have the opportunity to participate in Robotics through course electives and extracurricular clubs. This year, we have more 70 students taking five computer science courses in the Upper School alone.
By programming, engineering, building and driving robots, our students gain valuable skills in team-building, strategy, computer science and problem-solving. Our youngest students are also getting a taste for programming with Bee-Bots. Pre-Kindergartners, Kindergartners, and first graders are using measurement, calculation, strategy and more to program small bee-shaped robots to drive through mazes and number charts, as well as to explore world languages. The teamwork and programming skills they are learning at this young age carry over to Ranney's robotics and coding programs as they enter higher grade levels.
Each year at Ranney, our students compete in regional, state-wide and even national and global competitions, some of which take place on our campus in Tinton Falls, NJ. Younger robotics students thrive alongside their Upper School peers, who serve as mentors throughout the year. In fact, our students and teams hold state, national and global records in robotic driving skills, programming and building. Ranney teams have qualified for and competed in the 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 VEX Global Robotics Championship and won the 2014 VEX Robotics Create U.S. Open Championship, as well as the 2015 New Jersey State VEX Robotics Championship. See our list of awards and events on this page.
Ranney has five faculty members trained in VEX and VEX IQ system robotics (view a video on our Lower School Robotics Program
), 12 large VEX competitive robots (18” x 18” x 18”), more than 30 smaller classroom VEX IQ robots, and four classrooms/labs dedicated to the program.