Chad Cianfrani, physics teacher at Oakwood Friends School in Poughkeepsie, was a star faculty participant in Beacon Institute’s Sense It training program and has remained a good friend since.
Hudson Valley Magazine recently featured Chad in a story about the robotics workshops he conducts for the region’s middle school and high school students. Note how he has incorporated sensors into his training program. From the article:
The classes are usually comprised of about 10 to 12 kids, mostly juniors and seniors. Cianfrani explains that there are many nuances in this fast-growing field. “In class, we talk about the difference between, say, a robotic arm on an auto assembly line that can do a repetitive task very quickly, and robotics that tie in the ability to use sensors, almost like intelligence or autonomous thought.
Then, the students might build a vehicle containing a motion sensor that knows when it’s getting close to a wall and turns, or a light sensor that senses when it’s going from a light to a dark surface. The kids get a sense that the devices have a bit of ‘personality’ to them.” Even the classroom features a robotic component. “We have sensors on the window shades; if it gets too bright, a little motor kicks on and the shade automatically goes down,” Cianfrani says.
Read the entire Hudson Valley Magazine article here.