BOCES Students Learn Tech at STEAM Academy

Published 07/17 2014 03:14PM

Updated 07/17 2014 05:17PM

Some students at Broome-Tioga BOCES have created their own robots.

They competed against each other, this morning.

The students are part of the STEAM summer academy, which brings together the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. For the past two weeks, they have worked on computer programming and building the devices.

The robots performed three tasks, including following a line and trying to collect as many ping-pong balls as possible.

"You need to build your robot for whatever challenge you want it to do, craft whatever you need to put on so it can do whatever job and then you need to program step by step instructions on what you want the robot to be doing," said ninth grader Noah Scroka.

"We showed them today what success really looks like. Everyone thinks success is just a straight line, you pick where you're going and it works. But, it's really a squiggly line that touches and overlaps. We looked at every design today and talked about it. That's what they learned. They learned how to succeed in times when you do make mistakes," said teacher Matt Sheehan.

Students from Chenango Valley, Chenango Forks and Whitney Point are taking part in the academy, which is in its first year.

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