A new elective class in coding has kids learn technology and teamwork from robots. In fact the bug eyed robots can walk, talk, and dance with help from Columbia Central Junior High School eighth-graders.
“I’m really excited to see what he can do,” said 13 year Jensen Tumas, referring to the robot he and his partner Zachariah Yarbrough have built and named Jack. They are building the robot as part of an elective coding class taught by Wendy Eastman.
“This incorporates math and science and writing and also hands-on skills that sometimes are missing,” Eastman said. “Plus, it’s technology where the students work together as a team, instead of by themselves.”
A $1000 grant from the Columbia Educational Foundation enabled Eastman to purchase the robot kits. Students are enthusiastic about the builds. “A ton of people wanted in this class and couldn’t get in because it filled up so fast,” Jensen said. “I feel bad for them because they are really missing out.