High school students from around New England showcased their design and engineering skills at a 2-day robotics competition in Springfield.
Students from more than two dozen communities worked with professional engineering mentors to design a robot in just six weeks. On Saturday and Sunday, they got to put their robots to the test at Western New England University. The robots were made using a kit of tools and students had to follow a standard set of guidelines when they were created.
Robotic competitions like this allow students interested in careers in the STEM field, to get hands-on experience.
Professor Christian Salmon of the WNEU Industrial Engineering Department said, “It also gives them the basic skills much earlier than they normally would have in STEM, science technology, engineering, and mathematics, which are critical skill sets moving forward.“
Many local students competed in the competition and many of them spoke about how this is something they’ve wanted to do since they were younger.
Anthony Tatro a tenth grader at West Springfield High said, “I’ve always been interested in robotics ever since I was a little. I just picked up some legos and had fun, so I just kind of brought it up and overall it just came to robotics.“
Christian Rua also a tenth grader at Agawam High School told 22News, “Ever since I was in first grade I’ve just been waiting and waiting to get to this high school team and now that I’m here and this is my second year on it I’m just having a blast.“
Thirty teams, made up of students and mentors, competed in the weekend-long tournament. The winning team will advance to the championship competition.