Mamaroneck High School Students Host 1st Annual Elementary Robotics Competition

Mamaroneck Schools

Mamaroneck High School students  Jordan Ramirez and Paul Pedrozo-- as part of their senior internship -- designed, organized and led the 1st Annual Elementary Robotics Competition on Monday, June 11, 2018.   More than 50 5th graders from all four of the District's elementary schools came together in the high school library for a day full of making new friends, collaborating, competing, and having fun! 

In preparation for the big day, the students visited all four elementary schools and delivered additional robotics lessons to prepare the students.  The day was made possible by a grant from the Mamaroneck Schools Foundation, which provided each elementary school with 12 Finch robots to extend the elementary computer science program.

Participating students from Murray Ave. School, Mamaroneck Ave. School, Central School and Chatsworth Ave. School competed as teams (comprised of students from different schools) and worked together to program their robots to complete a maze, draw shapes, sing songs, and follow a course.  Additional MHS students served as judges and also shared their own robotic creations with the younger students. It was an exciting day that was ideally aligned with one of the District's Multi-Year Stretch Goals - to "Foster community connectedness: ensure that students, families and district staff engage in meaningful, authentic interactions."

Special thanks to the District's Instructional Technology Coach, Gr K-5 Jesse Dancy; MHS Engineering teacher Mr. Love, and the elementary Computer Lab TA's Michelle Henry, Daniel Moallem,Alicia Ricks, and Dave Targa, for their tremendous support of this project.

The group together at day's end. All smiles!

New friendships formed. What could be better? 

Following the day, here's what Gr K-5 Elementary Instructional Technology Coach Jesse Dancy had to say: 

"The day achieved multiple goals.  Younger students saw the engineering students they might become, and older students learned the impact they can have on their community as leaders and mentors. We really wanted to celebrate the students' efforts in mastering coding and robotics, while challenging them to collaborate and communicate with others they had never met.  As soon-to-be middle schoolers, it was important to teach them how to engage and build relationships with new faces."