Posted By :Date :Chase Kidder | 11-07-2016
    On Friday, October 28th, Glenda Ritz, the Superintendent of the state, visited our school corporation. She was lead around by two second year members, Nathan Petrie and Lizzie Heisler, while she toured Penn High School. Along with Glenda Ritz, Nathan and Lizzie lead around the Superintendent of our school corporation, the principal of our school, and various other administrators for our STEM department. Glenda Ritz visited our school because we were recently STEM certified. While she was at our school she saw many of our science and technology…
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Posted By :Date :Chase Kidder | 10-14-2016
  Every alternating year since 1927 the McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois has hosted the largest trade and engineering exposition known across international borders. Known as IMTS, the International Manufacturing Technology Show has been a beacon of inspiration and excitement across the technological and engineering communities since its inception. Penn High School’s Robotics Team (135) has had the great privilege of presenting—as well as participating in—this year’s exposition. A few weeks before IMTS, Dan Green, Illinois FIRST Executive Director, personally contacted head coach Jim Langfeldt about presenting on behalf of…
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Posted By :Date :Chase Kidder | 10-14-2016
  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 teamwork and professionalism.     As the 2015-2016 FTC season wound down, Penn’s FTC robotics teams became integrated with the…
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Posted By :Date :Chase Kidder | 10-14-2016
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 are. Is it a club? Is it a class? No one really knows (plot twist,…
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