New MS Robotics Program Showcased

New MS Robotics Program Showcased

Displaying a growing mastery of technology skills, middle school students recently held a demonstration of the school’s VEX-supplied robotics program, which debuted this year. This new robotics class, which is made up of seventh- and eighth-graders, meets every other day under the direction of technology teacher Hal Kench, working to perfect the skills needed to operate these machines. Both grade levels learn to work together as a team in order to successfully complete each task.

For the demonstration, the students brought their VEX robots to the middle school’s professional development room to show how they operate and what each robot has to do in order to complete its mission, lifting four colorful blocks and moving and placing them on the opposite square tile. The students then taught district administrators – including Superintendent John Dolan, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Personnel Paul Manzo, East Islip Middle School Principal Mark Bernard, and East Islip High School Principal William Brennen – how to use the robots.

“This was a true STEM event, showcasing how these students have begun to learn about building robots, and coding and programming them,” said Technology Director Israel Malinowitzer. “The adults also had a great time and tried competing with one another to see who could get all four blocks into one square tile.”