The William Paca Middle School Robotics/STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Club (Paca Wolves #7691) recently competed in the “First Lego League” Robotics Competition held at Central Islip High School.
Preparation for this competition began early in the school year as the First Lego League kicks it off by releasing a challenge based on a real-world scientific topic consisting of three parts: a robot game, a project to help improve the learning experience of others and the First Lego League core values. Teams participate in the challenge by programming an autonomous robot to score points on a themed playing field, developing a solution to the program all the while guided by those core values.
The Paca Wolves consists of approximately 35 students and one coach, William Paca Middle School science teacher Emmanuel Nigro. Club projects focus on the STEM disciplines, the application of computer programming skills, solving real-world mathematical problems, increasing student awareness of technical career opportunities, building a technical vocabulary and working as a team member to identify and successfully achieve their goals. It also helps develop a group of students who may be interested in becoming actively involved with the high school robotics program.
Team representatives who participated in the competition were seventh graders Ashlee Freno and David Bender; and sixth graders Brianna Heaslip, Teanna Korzeniowski and James Austin. Special thanks to the Girl Scouts of Suffolk County for providing partial funding for the program.
Please check the William Floyd School District flickr page to see additional William Paca Middle School Robotics Club photos.