Frisch welcomed a brand-new Robotics Club this week to its roster of after school activities. Founded by Mrs. Rifkie Silverman—who was just honored at Frisch’s annual dinner on Saturday night with the Rav Shlomo Kahn Memorial Educator’s Award—the club is greatly benefiting from the guidance of Mr. Steven Paley, a Frisch parent and an inventor, entrepreneur, and teacher with over 25 years experience in business and technology.
“I’m thrilled to share this exciting initiative with our students, who will expand their programming skills and creative problem-solving ,” said Mrs. Silverman. “We are privileged to have Frisch parent, Steven Paley on board, and I hope to eventually integrate this pilot program into our engineering curriculum.”
Over the next few months, students will learn the fundamentals of robotics, microcontrollers, programming, sensors and actuators. They will work on various projects, building robots with sensor attachments and writing computer programs to implement problem-solving algorithms. The course will conclude in a sumobot competition—a sumo wrestling robot competition. Students will use LEGO Mindstorms as the Robotics platform and ROBOTC as the programming language. ROBOTC is a product of Carnegie Mellon University and is C-based programming language adapted specifically to educational robotics.
“Robotics is an exciting multi-disciplinary field that combines engineering, computer science, design, creativity, and problem-solving,” said Mr. Paley. “I look forward to engaging the students at Frisch in a stimulating, challenging, and fun semester.”
Stay tuned—things are about to get very futuristic on Monday nights!