Would you want to learn how to program a robot? Design it? Remotely control it? Although this may seem only possible in the future as a middle or high schooler, Mashpee students from grades 7 through 12 do it everyday either in their Robotics elective class, or after-school as a part of the Mashpee competitive robotics team, both led by Ms. Hough.
“The robotics team is two-fold,” she said. Ms. Hough continued on to describe how the robotics team plays two important roles: it offers curious students the opportunity to explore programming and building robots, and also provides dedicated STEM trainees with the chance to compete with other high schools across the region.
Each year, the VEX Robotics Competition sends out a challenge to participating high schools, and robotics students must build a fitting robot to complete that challenge and compete against another school’s in a two minute game. During the game, only fifteen seconds of the robot’s actions are pre-programmed. The rest is student-controlled.