Robotics is a collaborative effort of students, mentors, teachers, administrators, and financial supporters to do something very special.
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics promote interest in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). This past year Abington competed in the “ Recycle Round-Up”. The game required teams to build a robot capable of lifting and stacking large rectangular totes, standard size recycling cans, and pool noodles (the litter). The team participated in two district competitions and advance to regionals.
Beginning in January when the competition or “game” is announced and continuing for approximately 6 to 8 weeks, these students, with the help and mentoring of professional engineers and teachers, work as a team to build a robot to complete the requisite tasks. Immediately after the game is unveiled, students begin brainstorming, eventually honing in on a valid design. Sketches of the robot are created using modeling software. Once a final design is agreed upon, parts were gathered, and parts that needed professional fabrication are ordered. By the end of the second week, production begins. At this point, students assign themselves to specific types of work. Students build wire, program, and ultimately test the robot. The participants travel to competitions consisting of three days of matches against other teams concluding with the elimination tournament to determine the Regional Champions.
FIRST Tech Challenge
This past year marked the second year, for the two FIRST TECH Challenge teams. This program mirrors the FIRST Robotics program, but is built on a smaller scale primarily geared for first-time/younger students.
For more information, visit the FIRST Robotics website at www.usfirst.org/robotics/
BUSINESS TAX CREDITS
Application deadline for contributions that qualify under the PA Educational Improvement Tax Credit program is May for renewals and July 1 for new contributors. Start your application NOW!
EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD
AEIO provides an annual grant to Abington Heights schools for Kuiper Award winners designated by the district. The Kuiper Award recipients use the funds in the classroom or for professional development.
CSE SENSORY ROOM
CSE Sensory Room offers a unique setting for students in autistic support, life skill classes and with learning differences.
Select Abington students and teachers participate at this unique four-day literature conference in July at Keystone College.
ODYSSEY OF THE MIND
Congratulations to all the Abington OM teams for another great year.
GIRLS STEM PROGRAM
Abington Heights Middle School hosted the first Girls in STEM competition. You go Girls!
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