The Greenburgh Town Board will hear from 3rd grader’s at the Highview Elementary School who are working with two little blue robots named Dot & Dash. And –then will listen to members of the Ardsley Robotics Team –all 10 and 11 years old at the Town Board meeting on Wednesday, January 27th at 7:30 PM at Greenburgh Town Hall. The robot presentations will take place immediately after the swearing in ceremonies of Councilmembers Kevin Morgan, Ken Jones and Town Clerk Judith Beville. Our meetings are streamed live on the town website: www.greenburghny.com and will be aired on local public access TV. It’s great that students are getting a head start learning about robotics. They are being prepared for the jobs of tomorrow!
The Ardsley Robotics team is thrilled to be attending the board meeting tomorrow! The students who will be attending are Jainil Sutaria (10), Kruti Sutaria (11), Roslyn Yang (11), Samantha Torrellas (11), Sabine Ollivier (11) and we all attend Ardsley High School. We will be there at 7:30 sharp and we are looking forward to be discussing our club, the competition we just attended and our plans for the future of Ardsley Robotics.
Highview 3rd grade students to talk to Town Board about their two robot friends: Dot & Dash Highview is part of the Greenburgh Central school district
One class of third grade students at Highview Elementary School used computer coding skills, trial and error, critical thinking, and math skills to work as teams to program two little blue robots named Dot and Dash. The students had to send commands to Dot and Dash in order to move them, light them up, and then have them detect the world around them using free coding applications on an iPad.
The students were broken into three teams and each team was given seven “missions”. The missions were a part of a contest sponsored by Wonder Workshop in which 1,100 school teams from around the world competed. Each mission involved a different set of commands for Dot and Dash to maneuver through a complex grid. Our Highview students used the multi-purpose area to create the grid needed to complete the missions. Each mission requires teams to move their robots in certain directions and some included moving Dash and Dot around objects such as plastic cups. Teams earn points for completing specific challenges and adding “flair”, such as tiny scarves or hats to the robots. The “missions” were then videotaped and entered into the competition.
The students enjoyed learning coding and received instant feedback from the robots as soon as they ran their commands. Each team learned not only computer coding skills, but they also learned the value of teamwork and learning from their errors. Highview School is extremely proud of their three teams and how hard they worked to complete the missions. Out of the 260 teams that submitted a final video, one of our teams placed 153rd.