An enjoyable part of professional development this summer provided an opportunity to have science teachers receive robotics training.

Teachers Receive Robotics TrainingTeachers from 30 different schools in Jefferson county were able to play with robots for three days, all so that their students can learn all about engineering in the coming year.

The training was provided thanks to a NASA School District Grant by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation. The grant includes training, equipment and technical assistance for hosting regional robotics competitions for students.

At the conclusion of the course, teachers and participating students navigated their robots through obstacle mazes and commanded them to perform various tasks. This was a small preparation for what teachers can do with students during the regular school year and the excitement of a robotics competition or demonstration.

Phoenix School of Discovery 11th grader McKenzie Roll was impressed with the experience. “I never drove a robot before,” she said.  “It was a lot easier than I thought.”

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