Under the direction of Technology Director, Mr. Pete Farina, Montini Catholic is taking its knowledge of all things robotics 'on the road' and visiting local grade schools in an effort to ignite greater interest in the rising future of robotics. The Lasallian high school's 'Robotics Road Show' recently visited St. Pius X Parish School in Lombard (on Wednesday, January 16th) to provide an exciting, hands-on demonstrations in all things robotic!
Mr. Farina diligently worked with grade school tech coordinators within the Diocese of Joliet to bring his dream of taking his robotics students on the road to showcase their abilities - and inspire future robotics enthusiasts. The presentation features a one-hour, after school visit as well as a hands-on demo. "We give a keynote about Montini Robotics followed by drone demos," informed Farina. "And then (grade school) students compete in a fun robot game where they drive robots with iPads to gather objects and earn points! We also want to make sure that everyone gets a turn!"
(Prior to the road show, earlier in the school year, Farina and his drone team visited St. Pius X Parish School to help them in their efforts to get the word out on bullying during National Bullying Prevention Month. The team brought their drone (and drone flying skills) to St. Pius to take an aerial shot of the students. "It was really a blast," said Farina.)
Robotics is a passion Mr. Farina has instilled in just about every one of his technology students expressing an interest in the subject. Last year, under his direction, Montini's Robotics Teams came in 2nd Place at COD's Engineering Olympics and secured two 2nd Place trophies at the Argonne Autonomous Vehicle Competition at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry.
In addition to hosting the road shows and gearing up for this year's robotics competitions, Farina is also busy preparing for his third annual M-TEC Technology and Engineering Competition (for grade schools) to be held at Montini on Monday, February 18th. He is also hosting four separate technology summer camps this year as well (Video Game Coding; Robotics and Advanced Robotics Camps; Flying Robot Drone Camp).
Montini's growing STEM initiative introduces learning that is collaborative, project based and centered on real world problems and solutions. Increasing student experience in STEM fields is a very important part of the well-rounded academic experience at Montini Catholic. Since 2013 Montini Catholic has been developing classes and extra-curricular projects that encourage the use of creative problem solving and critical thinking. Montini Catholic's STEM initiative has a goal of creating innovative, creative, and flexible self -starters who are prepared for the changing world.
For more information on Montini Catholic's Robotics Road Show, MTEC and/or Technology Summer Camps, please contact Mr. Pete Farina at 630-627-6930 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2019 Road Show Schedule
St. Matthew - Thursday, January 10, 2019
St. Pius X - Wednesday, January 16, 2019
St. Philip - Thursday, January 17, 2019
St. Mary of Gostyn - Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Immaculate Conception Grade School - Thursday, January 24, 2019
Sacred Heart School - Wednesday, January 30, 2019
All Saints Academy - Monday, February 4, 2019
Mr. Pete Farina (left) with Max Kramer and William Cyze at St. Pius X Parish School with their drone during National Bullying Prevention Month.