Students to demonstrate art and robotics at First Friday

B y Jaime Thomas

Granville High School students and Pember officials alike are gearing up for a collaborative First Friday event tonight.

“I’m really excited to have finally been able to connect with teachers and students in the Granville schools and to be able to present some of their projects at a First Friday,” said Bo Young, a trustee.

Rather than the usual paintings or photographs, this month will feature the VEX Robotics team. This group of students, known as VRC 4305A Six Sigma, qualified once again on Saturday for the VEX World Championship at the Northern New York Championship.

The team, led by teacher Gary Gendron, fared well in the same competition last year in California against 400 teams from throughout the United States and the world.

The students will be at First Friday with their robots and the official obstacle course to demonstrate.

Additionally, Jennifer Dashef’s sixth-grade class has been making art out of more than 20 cabinet doors donated by Curtis Lumber.

Dashef said her students made abstract montage faces on the doors, which are “meant to inspire acceptance, tolerance, individuality and creativity.”

“The unique nature of this show is quite exciting. All of the students had the same guidelines but came up with unique end products,” she said, adding that some of the projects were individual and others were done in groups.

Young expects both students and teachers to attend the event. And though the music and food has not yet been decided, it will be on hand. Pizza will be on hand for food, and Stephen Havel will provide a musical backdrop.

Nearby at the Slate Valley Museum, Interim Director Sarah Kijowski said the community is invited to stop by for a free evening of re-getting to know the museum.

“For our February First Friday, one of our educators will be on hand to offer insights into life in the Slate Valley, past and present,” she said. “Spend your evening exploring the history, industry and geology of the Slate Valley. Wander through the exhibits or join in on a guided tour.” Refreshments will be provided as well.

As always, First Friday takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. at both museums.




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