“They are extremely chemistry heavy,” Alison said. “New technologies are being explored by museums and in the preservation of art.”
Her father, Stephen Blanchard, is a vice president with Applied Energy Group that supports the robotics program.
He’s a believer in what it does for students.
“She has learned a lot of life skills around project management,” Blanchard said.
Teacher Tim Guanci, who helped start Pelham’s robotics program and is one of the advisors, said it offers students a chance to augment studies with real life engineering experiences.
When they apply for college or internships, their participation in robotics will make their resumes and applications stand out, Guanci said.
Principal Dorothy Mohr welcomed Shaheen to the event. Selectman Hal Lynde, School Board member Deb Ryan and Superintendent Amanda Lecaroz attended, as did representatives for the state Department of Education and Pelham-based Design Mentor Inc., which supports the robotics program.
Shaheen said she always enjoys meeting with students to see what they are doing with their robotics, describing their efforts as impressive.
“We need a lot more people with that background to be competitive as a country,” Shaheen said.