Syborgs a DIY sensation at Engineering Expo

Members of the Suffern Syborgs helped children (and their parents) build a cork-popping toy at the 10th Annual Lower Hudson Valley Engineering Expo.


Members of the Suffern Syborgs helped children (and their parents) build a cork-popping toy at the 10th Annual Lower Hudson Valley Engineering Expo.
Members of the Suffern Syborgs helped children (and their parents) build a cork-popping toy at the 10th Annual Lower Hudson Valley Engineering Expo.
Members of the Suffern Syborgs helped children (and their parents) build a cork-popping toy at the 10th Annual Lower Hudson Valley Engineering Expo.

The Suffern High School Robotics Team hosted a hugely popular DIY (do-it-yourself) table at the 10th Annual Lower Hudson Valley Engineering EXPO at White Plains High School on April 7. Hundreds of attendees queued up to create a makeshift cork-popping toy designed by the Suffern Syborgs.

“It was a great example of upcycling—we looked around the shop and came up with a product that could be made from leftover materials,” explained team coach and engineering teacher George Mugno.

The popularity of their activity gave team members an opportunity to apply their engineering know-how on the fly. Students experimented with solutions to eliminate bottlenecks in their assembly line, or “balance the line” as industrial engineers call it.

The Suffern Syborgs were one of more than 100 exhibitors at the event, which included engineering firms, utilities, colleges, government departments and agencies, the armed forces and other secondary schools. The EXPO is produced by The Foundation for Engineering Education to expose middle and high school students to diverse career opportunities in engineering, as well as post-secondary options for pursuing a future in the field.