Partnering for Learning

Bayport-Blue Point High School students are expanding their science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills through a mutually beneficial partnership with Sayville High School.

Joining forces, the two schools have been collaborating over the past several months to form the Sayville/BBP Robotics Club, the Mechanical Animals.

Working with BBP technology teacher Robert Donarummo and Sayville teacher Bryan Coon the nearly 20-member team has been studying the art of robot building and programming in preparation for this year’s competition season. The students worked together to brainstorm ideas and come up with a design for the robot before crafting prototypes and fabricating the finalized concept out of aluminum. They recently tested their final 95-pound creation at National FIRST Robotics Competition at Hofstra University.

“It has been rewarding to see how the club brings together a true sense of unity and collaboration among the students,” said Mr. Donarummo. “Students who were more inclined to the design aspect helped to guide the team during the development process while those who had experience with milling or programming helped to mentor teammates as we prepared for the contest. It was truly a rewarding experience for both schools and one we are looking to continue to foster in the future.”

Although the competition season has concluded for the school year, the team is continuing to meet to fine tune and hone their skills in anticipation for next year and find sponsors to further offset costs.