The class has discovered that building and assembling the teams’ robots using their own programming is one of the most challenging parts. Each robot required multiple programs to be installed for even the most basic functions such as moving forward and backward. But they have progressed significantly, as one team, consisting of Trent Schovanec and Chad Lynagh, has recently added “whiskers” to the Boe-Bot in order for it to detect various objects. The Boe-Bots are also able to spin in circles, light up and beep. Unexpected challenges and malfunctions often arise. In one instance a group faced the challenge of their robot sparking and smoking a little. Despite the difficulties, the robotics class has maintained their optimistic morale and are having lots of fun.
Principal Dan Jackson is confident in the robotics class as a result of having a great teacher, students and curriculum. Jackson said in his past associations with Jefferson High School those participating in the robotics program were very successful in post-graduate engineering programs. He hopes that this will remain true for Pymatuning Valley’s version of the program.
“If students put in a lot of effort, they will get a lot out of it,” Jackson said.
Commending the best part of the class Siembor said, “I like that they get to be personally accountable for their progress and responsible for their own learning!”