Allen Clupny


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. 
Each year presents new opportunities for me and each student. If your student has been in this class before, there will be some changes. My expectation is for each and every student to be very capable of meeting every challenge and assignment. They are all more than capable and I look forward to seeing how well the assignments push each student forward.

All Grades (Oct 1-12)
- The students have been working on understanding how to program their robots. They completed nine specific lessons designed to show at practice how to program. For the next two week the students will be :
First, Inventorying the robot kits to understand the organization or the kit they will be working from.
Second, Students will learn to understand the concepts of "Gearing Up" and "Gearing Down". This concept will introduce "Torque" and "Speed". Then they will design, build and program a robotic vehicle to race down a track. Next they will design, build and program a robotic vehicle to pull a small trailer filled with river rock up a sloping ramp. 
These exercises will help them see math and Robotics coming together to work a problem.
 If your student does their work everyday they will succeed. It's about being consistent.

 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.