Any problem can be an opportunity to succeed, and at Newton-Conover Middle School students experience team success building underwater robots.
Charles Draper is especially proud of his class, because they are the self contained Exceptional Children class and completed a difficult Science, Technology, Engineering and math (STEM) project.
At the Shuford YMCA pool, the students demonstrated their remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs) to teachers and administrators.
“My students are great students, but academically they’re a little bit lower than their typically developing peers,” Draper said. “This has allowed them to use math, science, technology, engineering in the classroom in a practical way and to use those skills to build a final product.”
Draper has seen the confidence of this students grow every day. “A lot of my students, they’re not great at communicating their thoughts and ideas. With this I’ve seen my students motivated to talk about it,” Draper said. “I have a lot of students going home and talking to their parents, talking to people in the community about it.”