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Croton Students Entertain With Dancing Robots

Pierre Van Cortlandt Middle School students showcased their LEGO Robotics achievements by entertaining peers and teachers with their robots’ talents.
Pierre Van Cortlandt Middle School students showcased their LEGO Robotics achievements by entertaining peers and teachers with their robots’ talents. Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Croton-Harmon Schools
Students work on a robot.
Students work on a robot. Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Croton-Harmon Schools
Pierre Van Cortlandt Middle School students display their robot.
Pierre Van Cortlandt Middle School students display their robot. Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Croton-Harmon Schools

CORTLANDT, N.Y. -- Students in Rachel Lang's and Alison Romm's homerooms at Pierre Van Cortlandt Middle School recently entertained their peers and teachers with robots they built and taught to dance.

“As we worked our way through this unit, I introduced a new phase with each new task/experiment,” said Lang. “With LEGO Robotics, the students had to use the entire process to build and program a successful robot.”

Part of the LEGO Robotics initiative, the project represented the culmination of the classes' engineering unit. Students were required to ask, imagine, plan, create and improve.

“It took us numerous times to actually build our robot, until eventually, we decided to stick to the book,” said Bot Co.’s members Aliyah, Ella, Maria and Sofia. “We had a lot of laughs and fun in the making and programming of our robot, and we were so surprised we won.” Bot Co. was the winning team in Lang's classroom.

“When programming our robot, we had lots of trial and error,” said Panda Eagle Ballerina Palm Trees team members Anneka, Emma, Kate and Molli. “However, when we built our robot, it was much easier because we already had the experience from our previous challenges. One thing that made the programming difficult was being able to include all of the challenge requirements, including two working sensors. In the end, we worked it all out, and had a fabulous experience.” Panda Eagle Ballerina Palm Trees won in Romm's classroom.

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