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Mount Saint Mary’s students pursue interest in robotics

One group of students at Mount Saint Mary's Academy is motivated by their interest in Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) to arrive at school an hour early twice a week in order to pursue their interest in robotics.

The school's math and science programs have been enhanced recently with the purchase of seven autonomous robots and seven laptops that students can use for programming, testing, and development.

The robots' features include light detection, object detection, object avoidance, line following, and drawing/sketching.

Purchase of the robots and laptops was made possible through donations from Saint Patrick's parishioners, businesses and members of the local community.

STEM is incorporated into the school's day-to-day math and science curriculum. Currently, students are involved in experiments that have them making rockets and solar ovens, and when class time allows, they turn to robotics.

A desire to devote more time to STEM motivated students to organize the Programming and Robotics Club that meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:45-7:45 a.m. As many as 15 students, fifth through eighth graders, meet to focus on learning programming techniques and how to program and control robots. Club members particularly welcome challenges to program robots to maneuver through an obstacle course.