For some at PHS, using advanced technology is an everyday experience. The students in the engineering program have a unique opportunity in the form of the robotics club. The students in this club are working with technology to design, engineer and build robots they will later use to compete with. Robotics teacher Cis Zehr is busy preparing her club for their upcoming projects this year.
“Our team members will learn to work together to design and build robots, as well as learn to drive them and learn the RobotC coding language. This will all be in preparation for a specific year-long challenge,” said Zehr.
The club is open to students who have taken the engineering class at PHS. The ultimate goal of the club is to make it to the state, national, and eventually international VEX robotic competitions. Special projects underway for the club this year include building flying drones and an underwater robot. The club works to teach these students many technological skills they will use in the real world.
“Robotic competitions bring STEM skills to life by tasking teams of students with designing and building a robot to play against other teams in a game-based engineering challenge. Classroom STEM concepts are put to the test as students learn lifelong skills in teamwork, leadership, communications and more,” said Zehr.
Story by Dietrich Sears