DawgBots get tech do­na­tion from Waste In­dus­tries

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North­side El­e­men­tary’s DawgBots con­tin­ues to grow year af­ter year, and with the help of Waste In­dus­tries now have a new set of ro­bots to use.

North­side’s DawgBots pro­gram is made up of stu­dents in sec­ond through fifth grades who want to learn about ro­bot­ics, cod­ing and en­gi­neer­ing skills through STEM (Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy, En­gi­neer­ing and Math) ed­u­ca­tion.

They meet weekly at the school and take up STEM chal­lenges, where coaches Joshua Bear­den and Lawana Gur­ley also help them pre­pare for com­pe­ti­tions around the area. ]

Now the stu­dents have ad­di­tional tech­nol­ogy at their dis­posal to make those chal­lenges much eas­ier to over­come. On Aug. 27, Ge­orge Gib­bons of Waste In­dus­tries stopped by with a class­room set of Blox­els and Ozobots to the North­side El­e­men­tary DawgBots pro­gram.

“North­side El­e­men­tary DawgBots pro­gram is very ex­cited and thank­ful to re­ceive this do­na­tion from Mr. Gib­bons and Waste In­dus­tries,” Bear­den wrote in a re­lease. “(We) look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing this part­ner­ship in the years to come with Waste In­dus­tries.”

The two coaches added it is their hope that with the help of Gib­bons and Waste In­dus­tries in the fu­ture, they’ll be able to ex­pand the pro­gram to kinder­garten and first graders as well.

The new ro­bots will go to­ward use by stu­dents in the pro­gram to “cre­ate and pro­gram code to de­sign their own video games/de­sign chal­lenges. Stu­dents will also ap­ply var­i­ous math and sci­ence skills while us­ing this tech­nol­ogy to solve real world sci­en­tific chal­lenges,” Bear­den wrote.

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The North­side DawgBots pro­gram re­ceived a do­na­tion from Waste In­dus­tries at the end of Au­gust. Pic­tured above are North­side prin­ci­pal Kenny Wal­lace, Polk School District Su­per­in­ten­dent Lau­rie Atkins, DawgBots coaches Lawana Gur­ley and Joshua Bear­den, Ge­orge Gib­bons of Waste In­dus­tries and three stu­dents from the North­side DawgBots ro­bot­ics pro­gram.

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