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A Robot Takeover In Massapequa

Photos courtesy of the Massapequa School District

The computer programmers of the future came together for a four-day robotics camp at Massapequa High School in early August, learning modern skills that will prepare them for careers in a growing field.

Due to the increasingly popularity of the summer program, this year’s camp was held in the high school cafeteria, providing participants with ample space to build and test their robots. Camp was open to students entering grades 6-9, and was led by technology teachers Matthew Swanson, Michael Spiritis and Keith Jones.

Participants learned how to build and program robots using Lego robotics kits.

Throughout the week, students learned about block coding and the use of sensors as they worked with Lego robotics kits. They worked in small groups to complete different challenges with robots they modified, engineered and coded.

The young engineers also built the course for this year’s First Lego League competition and began working on completing their own solutions to the challenges. Many of the students will continue with to work on these challenges during robotics club with Mr. Spiritis at Berner Middle School.

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