SHAHEEN TO VISIT STUDENTS AND ROBOTS IN CONWAY

by Christian Mower on April 4, 2012

THE PRINCIPAL OF CONWAY’S KENNETT HIGH SCHOOL HOPES U.S. SENATOR JEANNE SHAHEEN WILL TAKE THE CONTROLS OF A ROBOT THURSDAY AFTERNOON WHEN SHE VISITS STUDENTS AND FACULTY AT HIS HIGH SCHOOL.

NEAL MOYLAN SAYS THE SENATOR WILL GET A CHANCE TO SEE WHAT STUDENTS HAVE ACCOMPLISHED IN THE SCHOOL’S NEW ROBOTICS PROGRAM AND TALK ABOUT HER FOCUS ON SO-CALLED “STEM” LEGISLATION – WHICH STANDS FOR SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH.

MOYLAN SAYS MORE THAN 18 STUDENTS ARE INVOLVED WITH ROBOTS AT KENNETT – THAT THE PROGRAM OFFERINGS WILL EXPAND NEXT YEAR TO INCLUDE MORE STUDENTS – AND STUDENTS WILL ALSO LEARN TO PROGRAM THE ROBOTS USING A STATE OF THE ART LANGUAGE CALLED “PYTHON.”.

HE SAYS THE ROBOTICS PROGRAM CROSSES WITH OTHER DISCIPLINES LIKE MATH, SCIENCE, PHYSICS, MACHINING AND COMPUTER ASSISTED DESIGN.

KENNETT’S ROBOTICS TEAM COMPETED AGAINST OTHER SCHOOLS IN NEW ENGLAND EARLIER THIS YEAR.

MOYLAN SAYS SHAHEEN WILL GET A CHANCE DURING HER VISIT THURSDAY TO SEE THE STUDENTS OPERATE ROBOTS THEY HAVE BUILT AND PROGRAMMED.

SHAHEEN IS EXPECTED TO ARRIVE AT THE SCHOOL AT 12:45 P.M. LATER IN THE AFTERNOON (3 P.M.) SHE WILL TOUR THE GORHAM PAPER AND TISSUE MILL, BEFORE HEADING TO AN EVENING TOWN HALL FORUM IN BERLIN.