Allen Clupny


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Welcome to Rio Rancho Middle School Automation and Robotics

Hello, My name is Allen Clupny
Just a bit of information about me. I am a retired member of the U.S. Air Force. While there I was an electronic and mechanical technician working on various aircraft systems and sub-systems. Additionally, I worked at Intel in equipment maintenance, process and operations. All that to say I'm new to teaching, but not technology concepts. This is my second year at RRMS teaching Robotics. I am grateful for all the teachers and administration who continue to help me become the teacher best suited for your students. 

The Next Two Weeks (May 1-19)
Starting May 1st the students will be working on their final robot activity. That will include designing, building and programming a robot to climb two cardboard ascents. Each will require different designs needs to get up the hills.
The current activities required them to build a "Drafting Robot" that draws several geometric shapes such as an Octagon. IT has been quite the challenge for several groups, but they are developing persistence. They will need that skill throughout life. 
Additionally, there will be a Final Exam that is based on the entire semester oaf activities. This will be the week of May 15-19. 
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 If your student does their work everyday they will succeed. It's about being consistent.
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 This class is designed to be more like a job. As any (employee), students are expected to work well every day, all day. In that vein of thought, daily grades will be worth 50 points and tests will be worth the same. (However, the Final and PowerPoint presentation are worth 100 points.). 10 points will taken after a student is notified the first time he/she is off task. Additional points (10 each time) will be taken with each time a student is off task.I will have posters on the wall to remind students off these facts in the next couple of weeks. 
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