- Continuing Education for Fall 2015 – Enrollment is now open for classes
- Blue Hills Regional Class of 2015 told to “Make your lives, and others’ lives, special” at Commencement Exercises on June 10
- BHR Engineering Technology students combine robotics and 3D printing for innovative projects
- BHR Athletic Hall of Fame Golf Tournament on July 20
- Camp Blue at Blue Hills Regional is a great new summertime opportunity for children! Register now!
Thank you for showing interest in our adult continuing education classes here at Blue Hills. Enrollment has just opened for our September classes. To view the courses and or to enroll just click the link www.learnmorebhr.com
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Blue Hills Regional Class of 2015 told to “Make your lives, and others’ lives, special” at Commencement Exercises on June 10
Officers of the Class of 2015, left to right: Treasurer Kara Dentler, Secretary Parker Done, Vice President Shaiane Sierra Asante Murphy and President Jamia Fernandes.
Photo by Judy Bass.
by Judy Bass
On a day of ideal weather with a mood of jubilation in the air, the Class of 2015 at Blue Hills Regional Technical School in Canton was told they “really can make it, every time” by Superintendent James P. Quaglia as he and other speakers bade 184 seniors farewell and good luck at their Commencement Exercises on Wednesday, June 10.
“You came here and participated in the great tradition that is Blue Hills,” Quaglia said. “You made a difference, you made each other happy.”
Others who addressed the audience referred to the limitless and exciting possibilities that these young men and women now have before them, due in part to their thorough preparation at Blue Hills, along with their eagerness to take the next step in their lives.
Principal Jill M. Rossetti, who was master of ceremonies for the occasion, observed, “You can do anything. All your options are open. We gave you the foundation, it’s up to you to build something on it.”
Class President Jamia Fernandes of Holbrook also talked with confidence and optimism of what her classmates are capable of achieving.
“We are now accomplished and smart, we are kind and skilled, we are creative and we are driven. We are destined for greatness.”
Valedictorian Bridget Kelley of Avon and Class Treasurer Kara Dentler of Holbrook spoke also, as did Blue Hills Regional District School Committee Chairman Aidan G. Maguire, Jr. of Canton, who is a Blue Hills alumnus.
The class gift, a microwave oven for the school cafeteria, was presented to Supt. Quaglia by Dentler.
In attendance were several members of the Blue Hills Regional District School Committee including Kevin L. Connolly of Norwood, Thomas R. Polito, Jr. of Dedham, Eric C. Erskine of Braintree, and Secretary Marybeth Nearen of Randolph.
Engineering students Keeghan Inglis-Dow, left, and Corbin Clancy with the robot they created. Photo by Judy Bass.
By Judy Bass
When students in the Engineering Technology program at Blue Hills Regional Technical School in Canton recently combined their knowledge of robotics with the capability and versatility of 3D printing, the results were nothing short of remarkable.
“The Blue Hills Engineering program has a comprehensive robotics program that starts freshman year and continues through grade 12,” observed Engineering Technology Lead Teacher Dr. Michael Meyers, who plays an important role in the design and programing of the robots, according to Engineering Instructor Dan Hamill. His expertise in digital electronics, said Mr. Hamill, is essential in the operation of the vehicles.
“Students are encouraged to use their design, building, programming and testing skills to complete complex robotic platforms that can perform and solve real-life tasks,” added Dr. Meyers.
The students did exactly that when they recently fashioned robots crafted to handle certain roles with ease.
For example, two robots were created to travel successfully over any kind of challenging terrain. Another remotely-operated robot can “battle” a second robot.
To produce them, students had to master the use of sophisticated software as well as the 3D printer, which was utilized to make parts such as shock absorbers for the robots. They also were required to bring into play their problem-solving skills and analytical ability – in short, they needed to act just like actual engineers working to conceptualize and perfect a new high-tech device.
“Students use the latest technology available to design, program, and build these robots,” explained Mr. Hamill. “They use Inventor 2015, the latest in mechanical engineering software, to design the robots in a 3D drawing environment. We use RobotC to develop programming skills that tell the robot what to do and how to react to the environment around it. An SE Print plus is utilized to create special designs via 3D printing technology.”
Mr. Hamill continued, “The class that I have taught for five years is called Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM). I use a nationally certified curriculum called Project Lead the Way (PLTW) to implement these types of projects. The curriculum has been developed by a team of industry professionals to get students interested in engineering at a young age. Essentially, the curriculum teaches students to solve problems. The projects have increased in the level of difficulty every year since the course’s inception.”
Mr. Hamill described the projects done by each pair of students.
Keeghan Inglis-Dow (Holbrook) and Corbin Clancy (Braintree) were tasked with creating a robot that will solve a particular problem. On this robot, students designed a system to handle many different types of terrain on a distant planet. Not only did the robot have to travel to any destination, it had to pick up rock samples and place them in a storage area located on the back of a different robot. Students built and programmed the robot, and also developed a shock absorber system to enhance its maneuverability. The shock absorber was developed with the latest mechanical engineering software called Inventor 2015 and printed in 3D with a SE Plus 3D printer.
Kimberly Sian (Holbrook) and Markanthony Robinson (Dedham) designed a robot for a Nerf gun challenge. The goal of the project was create a robot to battle another robot of similar design. They had to create a robot that could be remotely operated from another room and “see” the environment via use of a remote camera. They also developed a system that could fire a Nerf projectile onto a bull’s eye located on an opponent’s robot. When the bull’s eye was hit, the robot would be programmed to shut down and disable movement for thirty seconds. The bull’s eye was printed in 3D with an SE plus 3D printer.
A robot was designed by Patrick MacPherson (Holbrook) and Alyssa Campbell (Randolph) to navigate any terrain conditions such as tall grass, rocks, or a muddy stream. Students researched many types of all-terrain vehicles. They used the Internet to research wheel designs found at the Boston Robotics site. They then used reverse engineering procedures to develop their own design on Boston Robotics’ wheel design and the wheels were printed in 3D.
The experience was clearly a rewarding one for the students. “From this project I learned how to better navigate through problems that arise during the building and design process,” said Keeghan Inglis-Dow. “We had to redesign the robot several times and that was the most challenging aspect of this project that I can think of. This is the reason why I joined this technical program. I enjoy solving problems and Engineering provides a great environment for just that.”
The Blue Hills Athletic Hall of Fame will be hosting its annual golf tournament on Monday, July 20 at Ponkapoag Golf Course in Canton. This is the Hall of Fame’s only fundraiser and we need your help!
We are looking for foursomes to play in the tournament. It is a Florida Style tournament, registration begins at 7:00 am, and the tournament tees off at 7:30 am. The cost $125 per player and includes the greens fees, cart, lunch, and a golf shirt. Following the tournament, there will be a full buffet and prizes given out at Foley’s Backstreet Grille in Stoughton.
Can’t make it to the tournament? You can still help out! The Hall of Fame is also looking for hole sponsors. There are three levels of hole sponsorship: Platinum $250, Gold $100, and Silver $50. Your company logo or name will be displayed at your sponsored hole.
We are also looking for people able to donate prizes to the tournament. We are looking for things such as gift certificates (restaurants, movie passes, etc.), sporting goods (golf equipment or clothing), and sporting event tickets (Red Sox, Patriots, etc.).
Anything you can do to help the Athletic Hall of Fame will be greatly appreciated!
If you are interested in playing in the tournament, sponsoring a hole, or donating a prize, please contact the tournament directors Brian Gearty or Ryan Kiff at email@example.com or rk
The Blue Hills Athletic Hall of Fame
ABOUT CAMP BLUE
Camp Blue is a summer day camp experience for children entering grades 1 through 6. This summer the Blue Hills Regional School campus will come alive with an amazing variety of activities for children in our general summer day camp. We are proud to offer a variety of exciting and enriching programs designed to meet your family’s summer needs. At Camp Blue, we offer campers a traditional day camp experience as well as the opportunity to explore specific areas of interest in one of our specialty camps.
Our specialty camps will concentrate on skill development and game strategy for the sport chosen. Each of these camps have half-day option for just the specific sport in the mornings or you can select a full day and children will be placed in their appropriate age groups for the afternoon.. Each of the specialty camps will be provided with recreational swim time just before lunch.
All of our programs are created and run by caring and committed educators who seek to provide a vibrant, safe, and stimulating environment for our campers. The camp staff is dedicated to making every camper feel acknowledged and supported as they try new things and interact with others.
We have designed a program for children that provides them the opportunity to select from a variety of sports, games, crafts, swimming lessons and recreational swim, archery and many more camp favorite activities. We will have different special events from carnival day, traveling zoos, story tellers, talent show as well as other themed activities.
Our Mission is to provide each camper with a memorable summer filled with new adventures and lasting friendships.
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