Windham Middle School students represent well at national tech conference
By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Windham - posted Tue., Jul. 30, 2013
More than 5,500 people attended the 2013 National Technology Student Association Conference in Orlando, Fla., from June 28 through July 2. “Middle and high school student members competed in more than 60 competitive events based on principles and concepts learned through projects during the school year in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects,” according to the TSA website.
Among the thousands of competitors from all over the world were students from Windham Middle School. “Windham Middle School placed sixth in programming skills and ninth in robotic skills out of teams competing from throughout the United States,” according to a press release from Windham Public Schools communication officer Kerry Markey. “Their trophies will be proudly displayed at the Windham Middle School,” said Markey.
Matthew Morin, entering the seventh grade at Windham Middle School in the fall, said that there were two other Windham students competing in Florida with him - Dylan Werth and Brenna Lynn. This is Morin’s first year of involvement with robotics. “I like to build stuff, and I was into Legos,” he said. The school had two Vex robotics teams competing at the state level, “but the other team didn’t qualify high enough to go to nationals,” said Morin. Morin said the national event was “crowded, but fun at the same time,” affording students the opportunity to meet other kids from all over the country, as well as international groups from countries like Switzerland and Germany.
On a free day, Morin went with his family and his robotics partner to Epcot Center, where they had the opportunity to check out science-themed displays. The best part about the competition, he said, was receiving awards in front of such a large group of people. “Having people cheer for you, it shows you what all your hard work can do,” said Morin. Morin said that he sees additional robotics events in his future. “I plan to do it again for seventh and eighth grade, and continue during high school,” he said.