Heights Offers Student-Run Robotics and Programming Clubs

Heights Offers Student-Run Robotics and Programming Clubs

Two STEM-focused programs have been added to The Heights extracurricular clubs for the academic year.

The Robotics Club, supervised by Mr. Peter Bancroft and Mr. George Martin, will construct and program a robot that will compete in the FIRST Tech Challenge qualification match this winter. The group is currently designing and assembling their robot using only league-approved parts, and programming it in Java. This season’s FIRST Tech Challenge consists of an estimated 60,000 students from 25 countries programming robots to compete in a series of challenges determined by the league. If successful, the students will move on to the Regional Championship.

The Programming Club, supervised by Mr. John Beatty and Mr. Martin, is split into two sections: a project group that will build a web application, and a competitive group focused on training for contests in the DMV area. The project group will learn how to build a web app using the Ruby on Rails framework. The competitive group has not finalized this season’s competitions, but the competition format requires students to program solutions to proposed problems in a given time limit.

Says Martin, who is assisting both clubs to get their footing, “We’re excited to see what both of these clubs produce in the coming school year, and welcome any students who are interested in programming or engineering to join!”