Albany High students prepare for big robotics competition

January 12, 2018 07:01 PM

Students across the country now know what they need to build for the annual "First Robotics" competition. They learned last weekend what the robots have to do. Now, they have to figure out how to do it.

When you think robots, you probably don't think of milk crates, but that's what some Albany High Students are working with.

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"Basically, we pick things up and put them down," explained Henry Thomas, an Albany High senior. "The robot has to pick up the milk crates and move them around and put them on these platforms."

NewsChannel 13 has followed this team before and seen how successful they can be.

"I really like the hands-on building things, just kind of doing stuff with my hands, coming up with cool ideas, making them a reality," pointed out Noah Greenblatt, an Albany High junior.

"It's competitive, but it's also a lot of fun to just design and build stuff," pointed out Henry.

Faculty mentors and students are looking beyond this year's competition.

"Some of the kids, they have a clear vision of what they want to do after high school," explained Andrew Costagna, a math teacher and the students' mentor.

"Looking to go to college for electrical engineering or a mechanical engineering degree," noted Henry.

Costagna says a major goal is to get a diverse group of students interested in STEM.

At it for nearly 15 years already, they're well on their way.


WNYT Staff

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