Robotics club in Mount Vernon excites eager middle school students

The program, which is in its inaugural year, began in January and runs for 15 weeks.

News 12 Staff

Apr 13, 2023, 10:48 AM

Updated 430 days ago

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There are many robotics competitions taking place this month so News 12 is featuring different robotics clubs and teams from the Hudson Valley.
New to the scene is the Mount Vernon's Benjamin Turner Middle School robotics club
The program, which is in its inaugural year, began in January and runs for 15 weeks.
The instructor says this club allows students to learn and develop skills not normally taught in the classroom like engineering, computer coding, and collaboration.
I really love when the students are working through a difficult lab, and they finally master that skill and to see their success and joy. It makes me the happiest I am as an educator," says Katherine Olson, Afterschool Robotics Program Instructor.
The team spends the week before a big match, practicing and doing their own mock competitions.
The students say they love putting their skills to the test. "I like the challenges the most we get to...it's cool to see how they made their robots," says Anais Davenport. "Competing with them means you're able to compare your intellect with others and how well they're doing," add Layla Humphrey.
The club meets every Tuesday from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. Their next competition is on April 25 where they will be battling it out in robot soccer.


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