EDISON, NJ -- During the weekend of March 9-10, Middle School Robotics Club members Andrew Kojima of Edison, Cian Nicholls of Dunellen, and Arya Chhabra of Roselle Park attended a Botball robotics workshop with Noreen Jafri, Middle School science and math teacher, and Marc Spivak, Director of Technology and Innovation, in New York City.  

The students refined their programming skills, successfully programming their robot to back up when it bumped into obstacles and follow a colored block using a camera to detect the block. The workshop was in preparation for a competition in May and the students learned many things. 

“It was a fun experience. We learned how to program a create robot. We got parts for the game table. I want to go again next year,” Cian said.  

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“All three of us were able to use the Create and its bump sensors. We were able to make it hit something and then turn around exactly 90 degrees, using the angle counter, and then drive back. We also all used the camera, and I was able to make the Create detect the yellow cube using the camera and drive towards the cube and stop when it gets close to it,” Andrew added.

The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison is Central Jersey’s premier PreK-12 independent school. The campus is located at 1295 Inman Ave. in North Edison, near the Scotch Plains border and just five miles from downtown Westfield. It is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational day school that prepares students to lead and succeed in a world of global interconnection. Wardlaw+Hartridge provides an educational atmosphere characterized by academic challenge, support for individual excellence, diversity, and a familial sense of community.

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