In recent years,
Northwestern High School has been building a strong STEM program
(Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Engineering
and biomedical courses are offered and the strength of this program
inspired Romich Foundation to suggest participation in the FIRST
Robotics program. Northwestern became the first Wayne
County high school to participate in FIRST.
has also supported robotics programs at Fairview High School (Fairview,
PA), Melrose Elementary School (Wooster, OH) and Cornerstone Elementary
School (Wooster, OH).
January 28, 2012 the RoboHuskies team participated in the FIRST
Tech Challenge (FTC) regional competition in Columbus,
OH. In February, several members of the team demonstrated their robot
at the meeting of the Northwestern School Board.
RoboHuskies FIRST Robotics participation was at the FIRST Tech Challenge
(FTC) level, an appropriate starting point for a new high school team.
The next level is FIRST
Robotics Competition (FRC). The Buckeye Regional FRC
Competition was held at the Wolstein Center at Cleveland State University
RoboHuskies team attended the event and connected with one of the
roughly 60 participating teams, the Fairview (PA) High School Team
156 RPM (Robotics Plus Mayhem). Here team members are
answering questions posed by judges.
of the RoboHuskie team members returned home with beads given out
by members of the The Red
the competition, the RoboHuskie team graciously provided transportation
to the Fairview team, including their demo robot base, for the trip
to the School of Engineering
at Case Western Reserve University.
here helping to load part of the robot base (behind), expertly negotiated
the nearly four miles to Case, then back to Cleveland State University,
and then to the Embassy Suites Hotel where the Fairview team was staying
before heading south.
Case, Ian Charnas (left below), think[box]
Operations Manager, provided a tour of the Sear
electronics lab. Then the teams enjoyed a pizza dinner
and adjourned to the Prentke
Romich Collaboratory, a state-of-the-art fabrication
facility available to undergraduate students across the university.
outside, the Fairview team set up their robot base and turned the
controls over to the Northwestern students.
the time the Fairview team was delivered to their hotel, it must have
been approaching 10 PM, so Northwestern students must have arrived
at their homes not much before midnight. This was a long day, but
one that gave great value to everyone.
Northestern High School and Don Clifton
Fairview High School and Mike and
Case School of Engineering and Ian Charnas
STEM (Science - Technology - Engineering - Math) activity
at Northwestern Local School District
Through Project Lead The Way, Northwestern
High School students are able to pursue biomedical and pre-engineering
here for a brochure describing these programs.
Northwestern Middle School students
have the opportunity to take a course that includes 3D drawing.
They recently designed CO2 powered dragsters.