Cy Springs looks to future with first ARC robotic class
In the 2019-2020 school year, Cy Springs is the first school in the district to roll out a new robotics/STEM program with ARC (Automation, Robotics, & Computer Science). Some objectives the class focuses on include building and programming robots, learning how to design and create objects on a laser cutter and a 3D printer, and using a robotic arm.
Teacher Glenn Winstryg graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, taught at Galveston for seven years as he began in technological education and robotics before arriving at Cy Springs.
“It is kind of nerve racking being the first class to do robotics at Cy Springs,” said Winstryg. “There are a lot of pieces that need to fall into place to make this a successful program for the students, and trying to get everything set up, additional training, materials, software, etc. It is a lot to deal with all at once.”
The new classes are part of a larger district-goal to increase the STEM program on campuses.The CFISD STEM Academy for ARC aims to provide students experience focused on automation, robotics and computer science. Students will have access to courses and equipment that are unique to this academy. STEM is a curriculum based on incorporating science, technology, engineering and mathematics through experimentation and innovation. The state of Texas is expected to have the second-highest percentage of the nation’s future STEM jobs according to Educate Texas.
The tools the robotics class are using are the same tools used in the mechanical and industrial industry. This allows for students taking this class to have experience with the tools needed to be successful in the industry after high school.
“These classes exist to show students some possible career options that they might not be aware of,” said Winstryg. “As society progresses into more advanced technology, students are going to need to be more advanced technologically as well. These classes expose students to more options, as well as giving them a start down a path to a more advanced career field.”
The robotics class also gives students the opportunity for flexibility when attempting to find a job after high school.
" I really like to build things, and I want to be an engineer, so I thought this would give me a lot of experience,” said freshman Amiyah Spates. “ It's really fun."