- Roger Witherspoon for www.nsbe.org
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Excitement filled the air on the campus of the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, as middle and high school students prepared their robots for the annual Botball Competition. The competition is hosted each year by the Youth in Engineering and Science (YES) Center and the NYU-Poly NSBE Chapter. All of the participating teams of students were scrambling frantically to assemble their robots using the fundamentals of programming they learned beforehand.
“We didn’t mention the M-word right away,” says Beverly Johnson, who serves as the associate dean of undergraduate admissions at NYU-Poly, executive director of the YES Center and advisor for the NYU-Poly NSBE Chapter. “Before we mention the M-word, for math, we let them go experiment and work on the robots and then we tell them that the way they were thinking is related to a math formula.”