ROBOTICS TEAM MADE THE HARRISBURG WEATHER REPORT – Just like the mechanical creations they bring to life from motors, wires, and scrap metal, members of Pottsgrove Middle School’s prize-winning robotics team sure do get around. In fact, had your television been tuned to Harrisburg PA’s CBS-TV station WHP (Channel 21) on Nov. 15 (2013), you could have caught 15 broadly grinning students (above) in a feature on the day’s weather forecast with its chief meteorologist, Tom Russell (at right). Deborah Frasca, the school’s gifted support teacher and robotics coach, explained Wednesday (Nov. 20) the team needed to complete a project assignment which dealt with weather and natural disasters. Frasca was referred to Russell and sent an e-mail asking for assistance; Russell, in turn, invited the students to the state capitol to join him in the studio and have their questions answered in person. They arrived, talked with Russell – who’s won an Emmy and several other broadcast awards for his expertise – and then taped an appearance that aired during the news. “It was amazing!,” according to Frasca.
Photo from Pottsgrove Middle School