Harborfields Students Explore Robotics
By Alison DeMaria
Under the direction of adviser Drew Lockwood, members of the Oldfield Middle School Science Research Club, or SRC, in the Harborfields Central School District recently hosted students from the district’s Washington Drive Primary School. SRC members demonstrated for the younger students the construction and programming of a robot that uses an ultrasonic sensor to find its way through a maze, also constructed by the middle schoolers. Through the Science Research Club, students are trained in basic engineering principles and use robots to solve problems creatively.
In return, the Washington Drive students demonstrated for the SRC members their entry in the FIRST Lego League National Competition. The young students have been working on a demonstration entry that mechanically illustrates the change in the nation’s banking industry over the years.
“This was a terrific collaboration of robotic technology shared between students of different age levels,” commented Mr. Lockwood. “We are fortunate to have programs like this at Harborfields and district parents who are dedicated to supporting our students’ exploration of such topics. This summer, the Harborfields Alumni and Community Educational Foundation is offering robotics camps that will provide even more opportunities for our students to learn about robotics.”
Photo above: Members of the Oldfield Middle School Science Research Club in the Harborfields Central School District recently hosted students from the district’s Washington Drive Primary School to share their work in robotics.