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Solving the World's Problems at Country School

by Dr. Amy Cornell, Science Teacher and Robotics Coach

This summer in robotics, students tackled real world problems: the widespread pollution from plastics in our environment.  From the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, to the single impact of one plastic water bottle, students proposed solutions using robots and sensors. They tested these solutions by building and designing two robots – a plastic bottle collecting robot and a mechanical color sorter. 

Using a demonstration model for inspiration, students built and programed a claw and used sensors to find and pick-up plastic bottles or colored cups, sorting them into piles or disposing them in a “recycling area.” Properties of sound and light, and understanding how sensors work was introduced, as well as gaining hands-on engineering and programming experience.