Today, we are taking a closer look into the newly launched FDNY High School Robotics Club. Led by Squad 18 Firefighter Alcide Salce, this after-school club is providing teens with next level technological skills that they can use to become college and career ready.
“What we have established for our students is a makerspace and it’s a classroom where they have the ability to learn a little bit of everything and really expand their creativity,” said Salce, a 21-year FDNY veteran, who also serves in the FDNY Drone Unit. “The students are learning coding, drone operations, robotics, 3D printing and even engineering where they can create their own parts.”
The club, which serves ninth through 12th grades and is the first of its kind at the school, has flourished to 26 students since its inception this past October.
“I love everything about this club and the opportunities that it provides for our students. We have a lot of fun each time we meet,” Salce added. “This is all about our students having a space where they can develop their interests and talents and build skills that they can use to succeed in life.”
The FDNY Captain Vernon A. Richard High School for Fire and Life Safety is a small thematic high school in East New York that is part of the FDNY Youth Workforce and Pipeline Programs. Learn more about it today by clicking here.