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Scecina's robot is ready to compete

Freshman Osighe Akpeokhai, a member of the Robotics Club, thinks that building robots and programming will prepare him for the future.

By Bob Golobish, 
Vice President of Advancement

 Scecina’s Robotics Club participated in its first competition of the year on December 16. The club’s challenge, at a VEX Robotics Competition at Greenfield-Central Central High School, was a learning experience, especially for the younger students. They’re already looking forward to their next competition in the spring, said club moderator Andy Smith

Smith, a technology analyst and programmer for the library at IUPUI, wants more Scecina students to explore what the club has to offer. Robotics encourages students to explore engineering principles and develop their critical thinking and problem-solving skills. That’s why Phil Kozenski, a senior, likes robotics. Phil also likes building things. 

Students also learn computer programming, which attracted freshman Osighe Akpeokhai. Osighe thinks that building robots and programming will prepare him for the future, whatever it may bring. Students get hands-on experience by building robots from VEX Robotics Kits, which include everything needed to build a fully functional pre-programmed or dual-control robot. 

The school received a donation in 2014 that allowed it to buy several advanced kits. Kits are used to build robots that do specific tasks in competitions against other robots. The tasks are different each year. For example, this year robots compete to pick up, move, and stack small cones. 

At the end of the year, the robot is disassembled because next year’s task will be different. However, the club has one robot, called “Clawbot,” that it keeps around for demonstration purposes. 

The club meets on Thursday afternoon in the science lab. All are welcome. 

Smith previously taught math and physics at Scecina. He is the husband of Sarah Smith, the chair of Scecina’s Science Department. 

Watch this video to learn more about Scecina’s Robotics Club. 


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