Monday, April 22, 2013
The robotics team that launched at the high school for the first time this year will come back in full force next year, after team members spend the next few months analyzing its strategy.
Editor's note: The following press release was submitted by students involved in the Port PiraTech Robotics program. Five months ago, a group of about 40 Port Washington High School students and their mentors created the first Port PiraTech Robotics team, Team 4804. Almost immediately, a creative process began that carried through the entire grueling season of long hours and the challenges of building a robot from scratch. The team was started by a couple of high school students talking to a staff member. Once the build season started the team had 6 weeks to build a robot. The dedicated members of the team worked day and night, weekends and school days, to create the best robot they could for this year’s competition, Ultimate Ascent. The …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
This is the first-ever robotics team that formed at the Port Washington High School, and the group of more than 30 students competed against nearly 60 teams over the weekend.
Technology teacher Alec Belling described the first competition for the Port PiraTech Robotics team from the high school as an inspirational experience. "From a mentor perspective, I am so proud of our students," Belling wrote in an e-mail forwarded to Patch from High School Principal Eric Burke. "They represented our school and our team with the utmost of integrity and perseverance all weekend. "The judges walking around couldn’t believe how many students we had on our team for a rookie team. They said they were very impressed with our team." This is the first-ever robotics team that formed at the Port Washington High School, and the group of more than 30 students held meetings four nights a week, and on Saturdays starting January through…
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
The first-ever Port PiraTech robotics team that formed at the Port Washington High School this year kicks off the awaited competition on Thursday.
The first-ever Port PiraTech robotics team that formed at the Port Washington High School this year kicks off the awaited competition on Thursday. The group of more than 30 students held meetings from 6 to 10 p.m. four nights a week, and from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturdays starting January through mid-February to build the robot for the competition that lasts all weekend. While the program seems science based, volunteer Jim Valasek said it touches more interests than meets the eye. "(The students) are almost running a little business," said Valasek, who is also a senior project manager at Rockwell Automation. Students are divided into teams such as designing, building, marketing as well as fundraising as part of the project, he said. …
Friday, February 1, 2013
Port PiraTech Robotics team hosting an open house on Monday at Port Washington High School.
As the counter ticks away with 17 days and hours remaining for the Port High School Robotics team to completely finish building their robot — another important date for the team is more quickly approaching. The Port PiraTech Robotics team is hosting an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Room 423 of the High School. "Come see what we've been up to and where your support has taken us so far!" the flier for the event says. The Port PiraTech robotics team formed at Port Washington High School for the first time ever this year. They meet from 6 to 10 p.m. four nights a week, and from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturdays; they have until Feb. 19 to build the robot for a competition to be held in March. The robots cannot cost more than $4,000, …
Friday, January 25, 2013
The Port Washington-Saukville School Board Personnel and Programs Committee offered support of a roughly $160,000 investment in the technology programs offered at Port High.
Port Washington-Saukville school officials are continuing their commitment to science and technology curriculum with plans for a roughly $160,000 investment to programs at the high school. The School Board Personnel and Programs and Committee met on Monday night to discuss the plans to hire an additional teacher in the tech department for the 2013-14 school year, as well as launch a biomedical sciences course, according to an Ozaukee Press article. Investments in technology upgrades as well as the cost of the teacher would add up to about $160,000, the article said, and the additional teacher will allow more students to take the class. The committee recommended approval of the plans; the School Board will likely take a vote at its next …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
The Port Washington High School is participating in the FIRST Robotics competition for the first time this year, and students are spending lots of hours in preparation for the event.
While from the outside a high school robotics team seems like something that caters to science-minded students, FIRST Robotics volunteer Jim Valasek said the mentor-based program is about more than learning one genre. "(The students) are almost running a little business," said Valasek, who is also a senior project manager at Rockwell Automation. Students are divided into teams such as designing, building, marketing as well as fundraising as part of the project, he said. FIRST stands for "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology," and the program has several levels of robotics competitions, offering opportunities for kids age 6 through high school. The Port PiraTech robotics team, formed at Port Washington High School for …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
A roundup of school news from 2012 shows a number of awards as well as improvements planned in the Port Washington-Saukville School District.
With Christmas around the corner and a New Year on its way, it's time to take a look back at all that's happened in 2012. Inside Port Washington-Saukville schools lots was happening this year. Here's a look at top stories from the district:
Monday, September 17, 2012
The Port Washington High School is seeking community mentors to help with a variety of aspects of the Robotics program.
Editor's note: The following information is taken from an e-mail sent by Port Washington High School Principal Eric Burke. The Port Washington High School will be having the first-ever Robotics team at the school this year. The team will be led by Alec Belling and Ryan Volke, and sponsored by Rockwell Automation. The school is looking for mentors from the community to help with many aspects of the program. This includes computer programming, marketing, fundraising, project management, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering or website development. If interested please contact Alec Belling at Alec.Belling@pwssd.k12.wi.us, Ryan Volke at Ryan.Volke@pwssd.k12.wi.us or Eric Burke at Eric.Burke@pwssd.k12.wi.us at Port Washington High …