By Sam Lowenstein
Computer Science, Engineering, and Design
GFA’s commitment to innovation means that each new year comes with new opportunities for our students. This week, we’re having our first meetings of the new Middle School Robotics Club. Inspired by the successes and efforts of our Upper School Robotics Team, we are excited to bring the joys of building and programming to our fifth through eighth-graders.
FIRST, the national organization that runs the upper school robotics competitions also runs the Lego League for middle schoolers. In FIRST Lego League, we construct robots out of lego pieces, program them to solve challenges and prepare for friendly competitions with other schools in Connecticut.
Robotics is a great way for middle school students to learn the basics of computer science, engineering, and design, whether or not they’ve had experience with those subjects before. And it won’t just be faculty members mentoring our team in the Middle School — we’re delighted to be working with Upper Schoolers Andrew Wagner, Charlotte Wagner, and Tolani Oshin to help the new team learn and grow as they prepare for our first competitions.
Our team has a lot of work ahead of us over the next few months, and we’re all eager to get started. We can’t wait to share a year of discovery with the builders, scientists, engineers, and designers of the future.