Even when their Lego robots fall apart, there are success stories in after school robotics
A state grant has allowed three Utah schools to present computer programming and robotics classes for seventh, eighth and ninth graders.
“I absolutely love this program,” said Joshua, a grade 9 student at West Jordan Middle School. “I get to be creative every day after school and be able to learn more and create new ways of solving simple problems. I really enjoy technology, and I’ll probably try to continue this as much as I can.”
The STEM Action Center oversees the programs. The center is the coordinating agency in Utah for new science, technology, engineering and math opportunities, to better preopare students for college and careers.
“The success story is we took a group of kids that normally probably wouldn’t have been too interested in STEM, and they’ve gotten really excited about it and good at this stuff,” said Sandy Riesgraf, spokeswoman for the Jordan School District. “I know the governor wanted (the STEM Action Center) to promote STEM, and this is it at work, and it is making a difference.”