October 14, 2016

FTC as a Class


FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) is a multi-national robotics competition designed for seventh through twelfth-grade students.  It differs from FIRST Lego League (FLL) in the aspects that it involves creating a robot using practical building materials as opposed to Lego bricks, and the transition from coding in Mindstorms to more rudimentary programming interfaces.  These competitions provide students with accessible first-hand experiences with the STEM field and teach valuable life skills such as

If you’re anything like me, “Robotics” is a pretty intimidating term. Most people glaze over when they hear it (I will not lie, that had been me a few times). In the greater Penn High School community, there is a portion of students that work in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) field. Within this, there is another tight-knit group: Robotics. What is Robotics? Who are they? Most students graduate from Penn completely unaware of what they


 Team Building Event at Ferrettie-Baugo Creek County Park August 22, 2016

The Penn Robotics team started off this year with a laid back meeting to start building relationships and getting acquainted with the team. Team 135 was extremely welcoming and has such a congenial atmosphere that makes newcomers, like us, feel right at home. The first step to bonding

October 14, 2016

IMTS Experience

imts-new Out of the wide array of technology and manufacturing expositions, the International Manufacturing Technology Show, or IMTS, has risen to the top as the biggest and best in North America, and one of the biggest in the world. Walking into the towering exhibit halls, it’s easy to see how this came to be and simply