First Next Generation STEAM Fair

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As the first year of the high school Scientific Research Literacy class comes to an end, students wrapped up their last competition of the year at the annual Next Generation STEAM Fair at the Cradle of Aviation.

Students competed against 16 teams from school districts across Long Island. The Scientific Research Literacy class had no prior experience in robotics and were tasked with using a SnappyXO robotics kit designed by Stony Brook University professor Dr. Anurag Purwar to propose and solve a problem related to space exploration. The problem could include space and surface travel, navigation, articulation and deployment. Students met with Dr. Purwar on April 10 and had the past six weeks to construct a robot designed to move and complete a task. Glen Cove High School students designed the robot to navigate autonomously and be able to pick up sample materials during a space exploration mission.

In attendance at the May 23 competition were Scientific Research Literacy class teacher Jillian Romano and Alexa Doeschner, district science coordinator. Given the short window of time, as well as the complexity of the college-level robotics kit, most competing teams did not have a working robot at the competition. Although the team did not win, our students were actively engaged in a productive struggle for the past six weeks, and were able to design, construct, wire and code a moving robot. 

From the numerous experiences students had in the Scientific Research Literacy class, one of the major takeaways was grit, a predictor of success, which is defined as perseverance and passion for long-term goals.