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2019 - STEAM into Summer


Join us this summer for hands-on fun and exciting STEAM activities (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math).

Activities are geared towards students entering grades 4-6, a different topic will be explored each week.

Sessions are offered at no cost and will take place at the Westborough Public Library on Monday 6:30pm-8:00pm.

Space is limited, registration is required through the Westborough Public Library website or at the library reference desk

June 24th - Water Science
We take water for granted, but water has many unique properties that allow for life on Earth. Experiment with water surface tension, capillary action, chromatography, and other fun activities.

July 8th – Pressure
How far can you shoot a marshmallow using air pressure? What exactly is 1 atmosphere, and how would it feel if we had more pressure bearing down on us? Learn about pressure with fun activities and experiments.

July 15th – Paper Engineering
How many sides does a piece of paper have? Well, it depends…In this session we will show you how to make a one-sided piece of paper. We will also build a structure from newspaper then check how strong it is, and learn to fold a ninja star.

July 22nd – Bridges
There are many types of bridges made of different materials. Let’s explore and build some of them, and check how many cars each can hold.

July 29th – Optical Illusions
Sometimes our eyes see one thing but our brain thinks another. We will take a look at different optical illusions, learn how they play tricks on us, and even draw our own to take home and baffle our friends.

August 5th - Paper Airplanes and Flight
It’s a Bird, it’s a Plane, it’s Superman! Learn about the forces that keep aircraft in the sky, check how payload weight and distribution affects the ability to fly, fly a drone and understand how it maneuvers around.

August 12th – Magnets
Magnets do more than just point North. Learn about the properties of magnets in solid and liquid forms, explore a magnetic field and see how magnets interact with each other. Make your own magnetic racer and beat your friends to the finish line.

August 19th – Chemical Reactions
We’re building our own mad scientist’s laboratory! Mix kitchen liquids together until they bubble and fizz, create your own color changing Oobleck, and take it home.

What we do


Our robotics team as a whole encompasses a broad range of specialties necessary for the functioning of a team. Our members are skilled and specialize in a wide variety of fields. Below are brief summaries of various aspects of our team.

Engineering

Design and engineering require thinking and execution. A good design balances the game constraints and requirements against the game play and available resources. Limitations may include weight, cost, size, power and others.

Hardware

Electro-mechanical construction require skill, craftsmanship and attention to detail. A properly designed and built robot is not just robust but also serviceable. Components need to be protected yet accessible. And all parts must be free of hazards such as sharp edges.

Software

Programming is a key part of the competitions. Matches include an “autonomous period” where robots must operate independently and "teleoperation" where users control robots remotely.

Animation

The annual safety animations contest reinforce good safety practices. Creating the animation is a combination of art, technology, planning and execution on a tight deadline.

Project Management

In order to make a robot within the 6 week build period, solid project management is essential. The end date does not slip! Students learn to self-assess and work within various contraints.

Art

From a team member's costume to the competition pit to the robot's appearance, art can reflect a team's aesthetics. You'll also find art on our buttons, t-shirt, posters and web site.

Finance

The robot and the competitions are not cheap. We must balance our expenses with our revenue. Fundraising is critical to the team's success.

Safety

Safety is not negotiable. All team members are required to have a thorough knowledge of safe procedures and best practices.

Outreach

We engage with our community to promote STEM education. Our BayStateBrawl off-season competition not only allows students from New England teams to participate but also provides team and competition exposure to local students of all ages.
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Westborough High School - Robotics
90 West Main Street
Westborough, MA 01581
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