A 3M Ingenuity grant has been a welcome boost to one school district, as robotics help students learn many skills, not just technology.
The grant to purchase Lego robotics equipment and software was received by Park Rapids Area Schools and benefitted eighth graders who learned to build a device and program it.
Students meet every day for a quarter of the year, using math to figure out how to meet and complete the challenges. According to eighth grade science teacher Morgan Marcussen, the challenges get more difficult as the students progress.
Some of the projects include moving vehicles that complete mazes and sort colors.
“They are really versatile,” Marcussen said. “It’s neat because the program is very self-paced.”
Teamwork is a large part of the focus of the program. Some students have experience with Legos, but others do not. In addition, there are practical reasons for teamwork – there are only about a dozen kits while there are usually 26-28 students in a class