The Smithtown Robotics Team has been keeping busy the last month. The team had an amazing opportunity to inspire children in our community at the Smithtown Christian School’s Hour of Code event.
Upon the recommendation of our team, the Smithtown Christian School introduced a FIRST Lego League robotics team in their school this year. Since their inception in October, members of Smithtown Robotics Team 810 have been regularly mentoring their team. Under the guidance of team advisors David Savage and Brian Costello as well as Team Mentor Brian Sheridan, student members brought their most recent season’s robot to showcase the various ways children can learn how to code.
Two members of the Robotics team, Varshitha Kodela (HSW) and Casey Kuhner (HSE), had the amazing opportunity to attend the Women in Technology program at BAE Systems. BAE is an International defense, aerospace, and security solutions company. The two students were selected to take part in the program with 12 additional young women from high schools across Long Island. Through the program Varshitha and Casey were able to explore multiple facilities and get a better understanding of a variety of fields of engineering. While working closely with many esteemed female engineers at BAE, the two Smithtown Robotics team members learned a multitude of different skills. including 3D modeling through Fusion 360, coding an arduino with c++ coding language and engineering a device using an electronics breadboard and multiple sensors.
The team also held it’s kickoff event at Smithtown HS East for the global release of the new FIRST Robotics Competition game, Charged Up.
The student's now have until February break to fully design, fabricate, wire and program a working robot from scratch. The team will be competing at the FIRST Long Island #1 regional at Hofstra on March 20th-22nd and the Tech Valley Regional in Albany at the MVP Arena on March 30th-April 1st.
Like we said…they’ve been busy!!