Fourth and fifth graders learning robotics after school are getting to apply engineering and mathematics to their projects.
Science teacher Zach Drake is one of the program leaders. Â His goal is to enhance science education with a focus on engineering and mathematics.
â€śItâ€™s an after-school program that weâ€™ve offered to some of our more advanced science students,â€ť Drake said. â€śThey have to have certain expectations that they meet, and we offer this program to them to give them a little bit of a challenge.â€ť
â€śThey come in after school in the afternoon, and we give them a mission for that week, and then they try to get their robots to complete that mission in as short a time as they can,â€ť he said. Normally, weâ€™re racing between the fourth and fifth grade to see who can get it done the fastest.â€ť
Students program the robot to use an infrared sensor to follow a line. Â The robot then uses a special attachment to knock over toy tires. Â There are other tasks they program the robot to do as well.