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.

A required, semester-long computer programming and robotics course began in 2010 for seventh graders. Students learn the basics of app design and animation using the APP Inventor software developed at MIT and the Alice programming software developed at Carnegie Mellon. Students maintain an engineering notebook documenting their progress while they design, build and program task-oriented robots using Lego Mindstorms.

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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  • Senior's bridge splinters last in annual spectacle

    Every year, Ransom Everglades students strive to build structurally sound, aesthetically pleasing bridges out of basswood sticks, and the strongest structures advance to the the annual bridge-busting competition at the Lewis Family Auditorium.

    There, each student’s hard work is transformed into a heap of shattered sticks.

    Mike Hannan ’19 earned victory in this year’s splintering spectacle, as his svelte 16.04 gram bridge withstood a force of 37.01 pounds before collapsing (1,119.8 efficiency). He topped Joseph Kodsi ’20, whose 23.83 gram bridge managed a weight of 53.81 pounds before reaching its breaking point (1073.5 efficiency), and Jennifer Lin ’20, who finished third (15.42, 33.81, 1070.7) – and also won second-place in the aesthetic competition.

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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.