Robots designed by 200+ students swarmed Wentworth Institute of Technology on a sunny Saturday afternoon for the annual BPS Robotics Olympics. Watson Auditorium was transformed to feature engineering challenges to this year’s theme: All About Boston!
Students from twelve schools competed for gold, silver and bronze medals on June 7th. The winners mastered the challenges that include having robots re-enact the Boston Tea Party and guiding robots along a Boston Marathon course. The event included a Junior Olympics featuring K-2 students who showed off their mastery of a programmable Bee-Bot device to travel on a mat featuring T stops on the MBTA.
Superintendent McDonough assisted with the medal ceremony and congratulated the teachers and parents for supporting all of the future engineers. Steve Cremer and a team from US FIRST brought a robot and gave a demonstration for the audience. Ms. Brown from Sarah Greenwood K-8 received the Judy Robinson Fried Award for being an early adopter of Bee-Bots. Mr. Donkor from Tobin K-8 received the Carolyn Costello Award for expanding robotics in BPS.
This was the eighth year the event was hosted by Wentworth Institute of Technology. Cathleen Finn from IBM’s Community Affairs Office assisted with event sponsorship and provided a crew of volunteers who served as judges. Haruna Hosokawa from BPS Office of Instructional and Information Technology’s TechBoston unit coordinated the event with support from OIIT staff. OIIT’s videographer/photographer Mark Pijanowski captured the event on video and film. All of the challenges are posted on BPS Robotics.