Experiential Learning

Computer Programming and Robotics

All students at Ransom Everglades receive training in robotics and computer programming as part of the school's broad, well-rounded curriculum, while many choose to pursue more advanced study through additional courses and extra-curricular clubs that prepare them to take RE's ethic of service-oriented leadership into technological fields.

At the middle school, a required sixth-grade semester-long robotics course allows the students to build and program robots using the Vex IQ platform, and a seventh-grade course in computer programming teaches the students the basics of app design and animation. In that course, students use the APP Inventor software developed at MIT and the Alice programming software developed at Carnegie Mellon University. Students in eighth grade may choose a computer science elective: Python Programming and Music.

Students can continue their passion for robotics in robotics clubs on both campuses. The advanced middle school club competes in local, national and worldwide tournaments, building task-oriented robots using Vex IQ components, while upper school students may join the BattleBots team that competes in national BattleBots events. In the summers of 2015 and 2016, one current student and three alumni participated in the ABC televised series BattleBots.


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  • Robotics wins awards at home event

    Two Ransom Everglades robotics teams won major awards at the VEX Robotics Competition High School South Florida Qualifier at Ransom Everglades on October 16. The event, directed by robotics coach Bob DuBard, was the first on-campus robotics events since the pandemic, and it drew 32 teams from around South Florida. RE's REboticists claimed the Design Award and Dark Matter won the Innovate Award.
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Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.