3D printing adds new dimension to education

Q: What do topographical maps, dinosaur bones, ceramic stamps and the Millennium Falcon have in common? A: These are all objects replicated by 3D printers at Herkimer Central Schools. The district obtained four MakerBot 3D printers over the winter, purchasing three machines for about $7,000 and winning a fourth machine as a contest prize. The …

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Students create Lego Star Wars videos

Herkimer High School juniors got to play with Legos on Wednesday, Feb. 16, as part of a computer science exploration independent study. The group of four juniors meets once every four-day cycle with technology coordinator Ryan Orilio to explore computer technologies. On Wednesday, Orilio and his students used Lego figures to stage and film stop-motion …

Herkimer team takes top prize at FIRST Lego League event

Herkimer Jr./Sr. High’s “Power of T.E.N.” team took home a first-place award from the FIRST Lego League qualifying tournament on Saturday, Jan. 21, at Proctor High School. Herkimer’s 10-student team, named Power of T.E.N. (Totally Epic Nerds), was awarded a first-place prize in the Core Values segment of the competition, in which teams make a …

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Building upgrades continue throughout district

Work is continuing through the fall on Herkimer Central School District’s $10.4 million capital project, but students have already been enjoying many of the upgrades already in place. Media centers in both school buildings have been completely renovated with an eye toward collaborative, project-based learning. A redesigned entryway and main office space at the high …