Ballston Spa High School invaded by robots

November 04, 2017 08:17 PM

BALLSTON SPA – Robots invaded Ballston Spa High School on Saturday with scores of teenagers behind the controls.

“It's something we do to sort of bring teams together when we're not actually competing,” said team captain Dylan Jacobs.

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Saturday’s event was an offseason competition, but it still counts for learning, inspiration and appreciation of science and technology.

Jacobs was introduced to it in third grade.

“My parents actually signed me up for Lego robotics. I didn't know what it was. I liked it so much that I stuck with it,” he said.

High schools students from throughout the Capital Region and other areas of New York and surrounding states like Connecticut and Massachusetts design and program the robots with the help of mentors. They say it's as close to real world engineering as you can get.

“Some of it kind of seems like chaos in here. It's a certain type of flow that you have to get used to,” Jacobs said.

The competition can get pretty intense when they're asked to do difficult maneuvers and other tasks. Jacobs says it's not just about science, technology, engineering and math. Students learn much more than that.

“Even more importantly is how you function as a member of something bigger,” he said. “I think that's something people can really learn from, even if you're not interested in mechanical engineering or electrical engineering.”

The students were also challenged with the task to bring in donations for the Malta Food Pantry as part of the event.


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