In this video interview, Caroline B., Class of 2022, reflects on the joy and sense of accomplishment she gets from writing code and building apps, and shares how her teachers have supported and encouraged her to pursue her passion for computer science at Hewitt and beyond.
Designing, Building, Programming, and Driving Robots
At Hewitt, every student gets hands-on experience designing, building, programming, and driving robots. Beginning in lower school, students learn foundational programming skills using VEX 123 and VEX GO, two robotics platforms designed especially for young learners. In middle and high school, students continue to study robotics through their classes and also have the option to join Hewitt Robotics, our competitive VEX EDR and VEX IQ robotics programs. Through robotics, all Hewitt students learn a wide range of critical real-world skills including computer programming, problem solving, iteration, collaboration, and teamwork.
Hewitt is the only girls’ school in New York City with a competitive VEX Robotics program.
Hewitt Robotics teams have won awards and recognition at regional, state, national, and world championships.
Since the program began in 2015, Hewitt Robotics teams have earned an impressive list of accolades, including:
VEX State Championships
- 4 x NY VEX IQ Teamwork Challenge Winners (2016, 2017, 2018, 2020)
- 2 x NY VEX IQ Excellence Award Winners (2018, 2020)
- 2 x NY VEX IQ Robotics Skills Award Winners (2016, 2020)
- 2 x NY VEX IQ Design Award Winners (2018, 2020)
- 1 x NY VEX Teamwork Award Winner (2020)
- 1 X NY VEX Think Award (2022)
VEX United States Open Championships
- 1 x Tournament Finalists (2022)
VEX World Championships
- 9 Invitations to the VEX World Championships
- Ranked 4th place out of 80 in the Technology Division (2018)
- Ranked 19th overall out of 3000 teams (2017)
- 1 X VEX Worlds Sportsmanship Award (2022)
Hewitt Robotics Team 11442N created an inspiring video to shed light on the lack of women in STEM fields and to highlight how, through robotics, "students are able to get engineering experience...creating a space for a love of technology to grow."
Whether building a robot from scratch or working alongside a teammate to troubleshoot a pesky programming glitch, students in Hewitt’s middle school robotics program are design-thinkers and problem-solvers who learn from their successes and challenges.
As part of their Programming and Robotics course, Hewitt students in 9th and 10th grade collaborated with 3rd graders to design unique robot toys.
At The Hewitt School, all middle school students are given the opportunity to learn robotics, and interested girls are encouraged to build on this foundation by participating in our Hawks Robotics elective.