As visitors walked into the final student exhibition at the Cambridge-Harvard Summer Academy (CHSA), they were greeted by “Bob Jr. from Harvard,” who directed them to where they needed to go. Bob was decked out in full Harvard regalia. He was handsome. He was polite. And he was a robot, made by two local high school students participating in CHSA as part of their final project.
“This was a really great project because it was a little of everything,” said Uchenna Eke, 17, of Cambridge. “Obviously it was computer science because we built a robot and fed it commands. It was physics because we made him move using resistance and energy. It was engineering. It was art. It was many different types of science in one project.
“We really put our whole heart into this. At first we thought it would be impossible, but we worked together as a team and really made it happen,” continued Eke, who labored alongside Pedro Cintron, 15, of Hyde Park and Marly Burgos, 16, of Mattapan.
Eke and Cintron were just two of the hundreds of students presenting their final projects at the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School for the sixth annual CHSA Student Exhibition. CHSA is a partnership among the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), the Cambridge Public Schools, and the Cristo Rey Boston High School, a private Catholic school in Dorchester. The students participated in five weeks of summer enrichment provided by HGSE teaching teams that included a veteran mentor teacher and interns from the Teacher Education Program.