KENNETT SQUARE—Kennett High School students’ world-class robotics skills are about to ripple further out into the community.

The Kennett Consolidated School District school board voted unanimously this week to authorize the creation of a new student club called Kennett Battlebots. The club will give Kennett High School students with an interest in robotics a way to share their knowledge with middle- and elementary-school students who also have an interest in robotics and other topics in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

The high-schoolers will use sophisticated robot-building sets from Lego to help the younger students build their own robots and then have “sumo battles” in which the robots attempt to push an opponent out of a circle. The activities are meant to be both educational and entertaining, with background knowledge like learning about gear ratios planned as part of the process.

There is plenty of knowledge to share—the high school’s Demon Robotics team competes at a world-class level. In other business, the board recognized the retirement of math teacher Michael Kelly after a 48.5-year career. Board members Dominic Perigo and Aline Frank noted his commitment and his willingness to help students individually.

Superintendent Barry Tomasetti said Kelly taught two of his three sons, and Tomasetti was indebted to him both as a parent and a superintendent. Kelly will retire after the final day of the first semester, January 17, 2019.

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