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Kennedy Catholic goes ‘Bionic’

Kennedy goes ‘Bionic’

New robotics club the precursor to nanotechnology program

As winter sets in, most students—in addition to homework, of course—spend their weekends at the gym for offseason workouts, perhaps on the hardwood perfecting a jump shot, or on the stage running lines and blocking for the spring musical.  A new Kennedy team, however, will be doing something a bit different—building robots.

Introducing the Bionic Gaels, Kennedy’s FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) team ever!  The mission of FIRST, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, is to “inspire young people to be science and technology leaders”.  Mentor Joseph Higham, along with science teachers Laura Cascioli and George Petryczka, has begun that inspiration here at Kennedy.

In preparation for its first competition, the Bionic Gaels have assembled and deconstructed two practice robots, Ranger and Mantis, and begun learning the basics about ROBOTC programming language.  Earlier this month, the Gaels spent a Saturday turning a portion of the cafeteria into a 12-by-12-foot practice field to get ready for the competition games.

The Rev. Mark Vaillancourt, president/principal of Kennedy, hopes the robotics club will spawn renewed interest in the sciences as he looks to incorporate a nanotechnology program into the school’s curriculum.

Follow the Bionic Gaels online at http://bionicgaels.wordpress.com




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