Traversing Remote Islands at Oldfield Middle School

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The STEAM and Art Clubs at Oldfield Middle School collaborated to hold an after-school expedition on Dec. 6. The purpose of this expedition was to demonstrate the ability of the robots each team in the STEAM club had built, while the art club decorated the environment the robots were to traverse. Many parents attended to watch the expedition.

At the event, a long table was set up to represent a chain of islands, and each island housed a team’s lighthouse, which was constructed out of Legos. Teams took turns moving their robots from one end of the table to the other using a joystick app on their phones. Using this app, students maneuvered their robot to get to the end of the table, used the robot’s claw to pick up “supplies”, and then return the supplies to their island’s lighthouse.

“Don’t get discouraged if you don’t succeed the first time,” STEAM Club advisor Drew Lockwood told his students, “trail and error is important—it’s all about the process.”

All students who participated were extremely involved and impressively determined to have their robots complete the task. If the bots glitched, they were taken off the table, and tinkered with until they were set to try again.

In addition to demonstrating their robots, students had to present the remote islands they had researched and chosen to house their structures.