Nebo el­e­men­tary stu­dents are learn­ing ro­bot­ics

Serve Daily - - BUILDING COMMUNITY - By Lana Hiskey

Nebo School Dis­trict el­e­men­tary stu­dents are learn­ing ro­bot­ics! This fall, 21 Nebo el­e­men­tary schools have held ro­botic classes be­fore and af­ter school each day of the week. Stu­dents in grades fourth through sixth learn the ba­sics of ro­bot­ics through a hands-on STEM ex­pe­ri­ence. Stu­dents learn the engi­neer­ing cy­cle of trial, ex­per­i­ment, test and re­peat to ac­quire com­puter pro­gram­ming skills. Stu­dents ac­tu­ally build mini ro­bots us­ing build­ing mod­els. Stu­dents at­tach sen­sors and mo­tors that are plugged into a com­puter and con­fig­ure its be­hav­ior us­ing sim­ple pro­gram­ming tools.

The com­pany Learn­ing Through Ro­bot­ics lo­cated in Provo has pro­vided the lap­tops and ro­bots and part­nered with Utah Val­ley Univer­sity’s ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment to pro­vide prospec­tive teach­ers. UVU in­struc­tors hire, in­struct and train prospec­tive teach­ers in ro­bot­ics to run the Nebo schools’ ro­bot­ics cour­ses. Each course lasts 10 weeks.

This ex­cel­lent part­ner­ship ben­e­fits all by pro­vid­ing en­rich­ment for Nebo stu­dents and class­room ex­pe­ri­ence for prospec­tive teach­ers. Both stu­dents and in­struc­tors have a valu­able and en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ence. Over 700 stu­dents through­out Nebo School Dis­trict have par­tic­i­pated this fall, with an­other group ready to par­tic­i­pate this win­ter. Nebo in­tends to ex­pand this STEM ex­pe­ri­ence to more in­ter­me­di­ate and ad­vanced lev­els in sub­se­quent years.

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