Middle school students are appreciating new opportunities for creative learning in a robotics class that has them building robots from Lego parts.
The EV3 Robotics Program gives students the opportunity to design and build their own robots using Legos. “First, I was thinking of Iron Man. Then, as I found out more about it, it didn’t go that far, but I was still excited,” said Xavier Corbellini, a seventh grade student at North Miami Middle School. “I was more into Legos than computers. I made spaceships with them before.”
The Florida Department of Education is funding the program with a $1,950,000 grant to spark interest among students in STEM careers at inner city schools. The EV3 Robotics Program is part of that effort, in which North Miami Middle School and Edison K-8 Center are collaborating with Florida International University.
Participating students are promised a partial scholarship if admitted to FIU.
After building the Lego creation, students program it with a computer or cell phone.