Recently, the Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District’s John F. Kennedy High School held their 12th annual Engineering Awareness Night for hundreds of students, parents and community members. The event was hosted by the school’s Robotics Team, the POBots, to provide attendees the opportunity to learn about the importance of engineering and technology and display the various advanced resources available to students at Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School.
“Our children are getting ready to enter an economy that is being driven by technological innovation,” said Dr. Lorna Lewis, Superintendent of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District. “Our District makes it a priority to provide students with hands-on experiences that our STREAM-related clubs and organizations cater to.”
Attendees participated in activities that require creative problem-solving skills such as designing and building. Students of all ages throughout the District had the chance to view an award-winning championship robot in action, and the opportunity to test drive robots built by the POBots. Students made circuits with play dough and learned about all of the aspects of F.I.R.S.T. (For Inspiration and Recognition of Technology), including the logic behind coding.
Engineering Awareness Night provides an opportunity to show students how they can get more involved in the school’s STREAM programs. Engineering Awareness Night is held as a celebration of the ongoing initiative of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District to reinforce critical areas of study to encourage the development of creative thinking skills and incite a passion for the sciences in young students.