There is a worldwide demand in all STEM-based fields for students with hands-on problem-solving skills. The Harvey robotics program offers students the chance to become confident innovators and thinkers by offering courses in which students work independently and in teams to design, build, and code robots.
The Harvey US team qualified for the VEX Robotics World Championship in 2017 and 2018. It is an invitation-only event with the top 600 teams competing from more than 40 countries.
They have also had first and second place finishes at the Create US Open tournament in Iowa.
Harvey's all-girl team consisting of one girl from each grade 6-8 earned three Design Awards in 2017-18 for their Engineering Notebook.
They won both at States and at the VEX IQ Robotics World Championship in Louisville, Ky. in the middle school science division.
"The skills I learned in Harvey robotics helped me get into RIT to major in Electrical Engineering Robotics."
--Justin, Harvey graduate '18
Students learn real-life skills like project planning, project management, teamwork and collaboration, time management, problem solving, networking, and working under pressure with strict deadlines.
With a dedicated robotics lab and courses offered at the introductory, advanced, and competition levels, the robotics program continues to generate excitement and participation.
Four years young, Harvey Robotics has earned 17 first-place tournament finishes, and runner-up in 12 events. The teams have earned four consecutive 2nd place finishes in the Southern New York State Championship with a 2017 graduate winning the State Skills Title with his robot.
"Harvey Robotics has honed my organizational skills, taught me how to develop and test my robot, and my teachers have encouraged me to work as hard as I possibly can, especially since it's something I have a great passion for."
"What the students at Harvey are learning from a technological standpoint has no limits and is the future. Their achievements are truly inspirational."
--Harvey 8th grade parent
Middle School students have the opportunity to construct and operate mini-robots using kits that vary in levels of sophistication. Students can participate in robotics as an elective, an after-school activity, or become involved in VEX robotics which leads to interscholastic competitions.
The Middle School has created space for a new dedicated robotics lab as enthusiasm for robotics continues to grow among our students.
Award-winning Engineering Notebook
Our Middle School team won three Design Awards for their Engineering Notebook, a journal that records and explains the team's thought process and robot-building steps throughout the season.
Engineering, design, and computer science will make up a large portion of jobs in the future. Giving our middle schoolers a glimpse of what that type of career would be like is an invaluable opportunity.