A Pre-Kindergarten - Grade 12 co-educational independent day school in Westchester County, New York

Second Annual Lower School STEAM Fest & Sumobots Competition

It was an exciting weekend of learning and fun in the Cohen Center for the Creative Arts as RCDS students participated in the Lower School STEAM Fest and the Grades 3-5 Sumobots Tournament. With 150+ guests in attendance, there was a wonderful STEAM buzz on campus!

The young roboticists put their creations to the test in a Sumobots competition against student teams from Long Ridge and Hudson Lab schools. The tournament was organized by Middle School Computer Science teacher Don Fitz-Roy.

RCDS Sumobots is an after-school program for students in Grades 3 - 5 designed to help budding roboticists design, engineer, and program self-driving vehicles that use motors, sensors, and a generous helping of creativity and imagination in an attempt to create a functionally stable and effective robot.  Focusing on the core values of teamwork, tenacity, gracious professionalism, and innovation, the program culminates in a competition where students can test their skills, learn from other designs, and celebrate their achievements in a festive and exciting environment.  

At the Lower School STEAM Fest, activities included snap circuits, slime making, lego building challenges, gardening, math games, making your own lava lamps, pop up cards and more.

Now in its second year, LS STEAM Fest offers students numerous opportunities to explore science, technology, engineering, art, and math. The event is a collaboration between the RCDS STEAM Department and Parents Association.

Over 150 students had a wonderful time at the Sumobots tournament  and enjoyed the many brain stimulating activities  at STEAM Fest. Many thanks to the Upper and Middle School students, faculty, staff, and parents who volunteered to make this day a huge success—a true STEAM dream team!
– Cathie Bischoff, Director of STEAM

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